The St. Louis Blues did not end 2011 on a positive note, but seeing plenty of home ice could help the club get off to a quick start to 2012.
The Phoenix Coyotes are looking to get back into playoff contention as a road-heavy portion of their schedule continues.
St. Louis looks to snap a season-high three-game losing streak and extend its home point streak to eight when it faces Phoenix on Tuesday night.
The Blues (21-12-5) have gone 15-5-5 since coach Ken Hitchcock replaced the fired Davis Payne on Nov. 6, but they start the new year on an 0-2-1 skid. St. Louis has scored three times during the losing streak.
"We've got to learn how to battle back," center Scott Nichol said after a 3-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday, the Blues' second road defeat to the Red Wings in five days. "You're going to be behind a goal or two."
St. Louis will be trying to avoid its first four-game slide since Feb. 27-March 5, and a return to home ice could help. The Blues, who have one of the league's best...