STARS (40-30-11) at COYOTES (36-30-15)
Season series: The Dallas Stars are going for a sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes after beating them twice in a four-day span in the final days before the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Big story: A week ago, this looked like it could be the game that decided the final Stanley Cup Playoff position in the Western Conference. But the Coyotes' seven-game winning streak enabled the Stars to clinch the second wild-card spot by beating the St. Louis Blues on Friday, turning this into a tuneup for Dallas and a farewell night for the Coyotes.
This game is the final game for the "Phoenix Coyotes." The team is changing its name to "Arizona Coyotes" starting in 2014-15.
Coyotes: Phoenix's slide grew to seven games (0-4-3) when the San Jose Sharks came to Jobing.com Arena on Saturday and left with a 3-2 victory, spoiling the NHL debut of goaltender Mark Visentin.
The Coyotes want to avoid going into a disappointingly early offseason with memories of an eight-game losing streak.
"Nobody ever wants to be in this situation," captain Shane Doan said. "We've got to find a way to end this stupid streak we're on."
Phoenix is 10-2-4 in season finales all-time and 2-1-1 in season finales under Head Coach Dave Tippett including two straight wins in 2012-13 (at Anaheim) and 2011-12 (at Minnesota).
Forward Lauri Korpikoski is expected to play in his 400th career NHL game tonight.
Stars: Smiles were the order of the day at practice Saturday after the Stars assured themselves of their first playoff berth since 2008 by beating the Blues 3-0 in front of a packed house at American Airlines Center on Friday.
General Manager Jim Nill had praise for the players as well as for Lindy Ruff and his coaching staff.
"I'm proud of the guys. I am happy for the guys. They've put a lot of work in," Nill told the Stars website. "It's the same with the coaching staff. It's been a combination of the coaching staff getting the players to buy into the way they wanted them to play, and the players buying into that and the hard work they've put into it. They got rewarded and they deserved to be rewarded."
Who's hot: Doan scored Saturday and has goals in two of his past three games. He has 22 goals in 68 games, giving him 12 20-goal seasons... Center Tyler Seguin had a goal Friday and leads the Stars with 84 points, including six in his past five games. Linemate Jamie Benn has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.
Injury report: Injuries to starting goaltender Mike Smith (lower body) and center Martin Hanzal (lower body) were a big reason for the Coyotes' late slide... Stars defensemen Brenden Dillon (lower body) left the game Friday night and figures to get the night off. Forward Ray Whitney (lower body) hasn't played since April 3, and Rich Peverley (heart) has been out since March 10.
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