The Phoenix Coyotes have not been getting the job done at home lately. A matchup with the Western Conference-worst Edmonton Oilers could help them produce better results.
Playing their final game at Jobing.com Arena before the All-Star break, the Coyotes will try to snap a season high-tying three-game home losing streak on Tuesday night when they go for their sixth straight victory over the Oilers.
Since outscoring their opponents 22-10 during a 4-0-1 stretch at home from Dec. 29-Jan. 15, Phoenix (24-16-9) has been held to seven goals during a three-game losing streak in Glendale, Ariz.
The Coyotes rallied from three down in the first period Saturday but lost 4-3 to Los Angeles.
"We didn't get the outcome we wanted, but I think it did show good character for our team to come back (from) down three," defenseman Keith Yandle said after recording two assists to extend his point streak to seven games.
Coach Dave Tippett did not put such a positive spin on the outcome.
"We weren't hard enough on the puck, we weren't advancing the puck," he said. "They were owning us down low in our own zone."
Tippett's club, which plays at Colorado on Wednesday night in its final game prior to the break, will try to avoid its first four-game skid at home since an 0-2-2 stretch from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 12, 2010.
If the Coyotes' recent success against the Oilers (14-25-8) is any indication, Phoenix has a good chance to bounce back.
The Coyotes, who overcame a three-goal deficit and won 4-3 in a shootout in Edmonton on Nov. 19, have outscored the Oilers 16-5 while winning the last four meetings at Jobing.com Arena. In the most recent game there, center Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each scored twice, and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots as Phoenix won its fifth in a row in this matchup, 5-0 on Nov. 23.
Bryzgalov has a 1.94 goals-against average in winning all five contests.
Former Coyote Nikolai Khabibulin is 9-3-1 with a 1.82 GAA in 13 starts against Phoenix, but the Oilers veteran netminder has a 3.46 GAA while losing his last 10 starts.
He was sidelined with a groin injury in Edmonton's two November losses to Phoenix, with Devan Dubnyk stopping 68 of 76 shots in those games.
Making his first start in eight days, Dubnyk had 26 saves in Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville.
Despite Andrew Cogliano and Taylor Hall scoring in the third period to force overtime and help the team pick up its first point since Jan. 13, Edmonton dropped its fifth straight and 16th in 19 games.
"As much as the opponents are really good and most of them are ahead of us in the standings -- except one -- we tend to beat ourselves," coach Tom Renney said.
Renney's club, among the league's worst in goals per game (2.47) and goals allowed with 3.3, has converted just 1 of 52 on the power play over its last 14 games.
Phoenix has killed all 11 penalties in its last three contests and has stopped five of six versus Edmonton in 2010-11.
The Oilers' last road win in this matchup was a 3-1 victory Feb. 16, 2009.
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