With almost a week between wins and an offense just as stagnant, the Coyotes can’t afford to look past any opponent toward what’s waiting later on the calendar.

But an upcoming three-game road trip after Monday night’s meeting with the Detroit Red Wings could revitalize the team’s playoff chances or come close to extinguishing them.

“We kind of want to look at the big picture,” defenseman Rusty Klesla said. “But we’ve got to start with the small steps, and the first step is a home game, and we’ve got to get back to .500 and kind of catch up a little bit in the standings for us even to have a case.”

This home game is the start of four games in six nights — the latter three in Minnesota, Nashville and San Jose — and a precursor to a road-heavy finish to the schedule.

After Monday night, the Coyotes (13-14-4) play 10 of their final 16 games away from Jobing.com Arena — not exactly encouraging, considering they have only three road victories. Only Colorado has fewer, with two, and the Coyotes rank 26th in the league with nine points on the road.

What’s especially daunting is their final four road games are at St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Anaheim.

But, hey, maybe that’s just the challenge to ignite the underdog role that’s led to the team’s unexpected success the past three seasons.

“I think for some reason our group seems to answer better to that than anything else,” captain Shane Doan said. “Adversity and doubt seem to make this group play better, so we’re going to have to count on that.”

For those four games to even matter, the Coyotes need to grab points this week and snap their five-game losing streak.

A lead, a strong first period or even a goal could quickly rebuild their tattered confidence, but what would really help the Coyotes long term is improvement on the road.

“Maybe we don’t focus on us as much,” Klesla said. “We just gotta kind of initiate it. We’ve got to play our style, which frustrates the other teams. It’s not a likeable style. It’s that trap and doing every single shift every single thing the same way. That was kind of our recipe last year, and we showed it at times, but we’re just not consistent with that this year.”