Despite having the fewest road wins of any team in the NHL, leaving home might be what the Tampa Bay Lightning needs to get back on track.
The Lightning will try to extend their season-high road winning streak to five games as they visit the St. Louis Blues for the first time since 2004 on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay (21-27-5), last in the Eastern Conference with 47 points, opens a three-game road trip after falling 3-2 to Florida on Saturday to conclude a 2-3-0 homestand. The home stretch came on the heels of the Lightning's shutout victories at Pittsburgh and Ottawa on consecutive nights.
Those wins ran the Lightning's road winning streak to four in a row after going 3-14-3 and starting the season with seven consecutive losses away from home.
"We've been playing pretty good on the road, and when you get a couple of wins behind you the confidence keeps going," said Tampa Bay's Johan Holmqvist, who was in goal for both shutouts.
Holmqvist, though, has sat the team's last two contests after struggling in a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday. Holmqvist, who is 17-14-4 with a 2.99 goals-against average, could make the start Tuesday after allowing three goals in 82 shots faced in his last three road games.
Tuesday, the Lightning will make their first appearance in St. Louis since a 4-3 overtime loss there on Feb. 19, 2004. Though Tampa Bay is 0-9-1 at St. Louis since a 1992 victory, it won 5-4 at home on Dec. 8, 2005, in the teams' most recent meeting.
Tampa Bay will try to bounce back after losing for the third time in four games Saturday despite posting a season-high 46 shots.
"I don't look at Florida beating us, I look at us self-destructing," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's a tough one. "We just can't have many more of these. We're out of time."
Chris Gratton and Vaclav Prospal each scored for the Lightning. Prospal, who has 22 goals and is three shy of matching his single-season career high, looks to score in his fourth straight contest. He had two assists in the 2005 meeting with the Blues.
St. Louis (24-20-7), 12th in the Western Conference, looks to bounce back from a 6-4 home loss to Colorado on Saturday, its eighth defeat in the last 10 games.
Dan Hinote, Paul Kariya, Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk had goals, while Brad Boyes and David Backes added two assists apiece for the Blues, who saw Manny Legace allow five goals one game after recording his fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 shootout win over Anaheim.
"(There were) some mistakes you can't make," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said. "You can't give up six goals in your building. It doesn't matter if you score four, you can't give up six goals. You can't win in this league like that."
Legace, an All-Star who is 19-14-4 with a 2.28 GAA, is winless with a 1.68 GAA in four starts versus Tampa Bay.
Tkachuk, who has three goals in his last three contests, has two and two assists in his last two games versus the Lightning.