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Stars-Coyotes Preview

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 9:07 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Coyotes Preview
Previewing Sunday night\'s regular season finale as the Stars hit the road to take on the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes
Sunday, April 13
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest/NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (40-30-11) clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference Friday with a 3-0 win over St. Louis before a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center. The Stars are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

“Just a great feeling,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, the last player left from that 2008 team. “It was a great night. The crowd was unbelievable, and they lifted us to two points tonight.”

Sunday’s game is the regular season finale for the Stars. Coach Lindy Ruff expects to rest some players and keep the ice time down for others. Forward Chris Mueller was called up from the AHL and is expected to play in the game. Defensemen Aaron Rome and Kevin Connauton, who have been healthy scratches recently, are expected to play as well.

“We’ve had several guys taking days off for maintenance, we’ll evaluate who is the worst of all those guys and give them some time off,” said Ruff. “That goes for the same with the backend. A couple of guys that haven’t played are going to play. One of our top two will not play because they have been logging some serious minutes.”

Tim Thomas is the likely starter in goal.

Injuries: F Ray Whitney (lower body) and D Brenden Dillon (lower body) are day to day. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out for the season.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (36-29-15) were eliminated from the playoff race Friday when the Stars defeated the Blues. A six-game losing streak (0-3-3) during which they scored only seven goals didn’t help the Coyotes’ cause.

“The offense really dried up these last few weeks, which is really concerning,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “You have to earn the right to be the playoff team. Dallas got the job done and we just didn't.”

The Coyotes played late Saturday against San Jose.

Injuries: F Martin Hanzal (lower body) is questionable. G Mike Smith (lower body) and D David Schlemko (foot) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Coyotes.

*The Stars are 2-0-0 in the season series and the Coyotes are 0-2-0.

*Feb. 4, Dallas at Phoenix: Stars 3, Coyotes 1

*Feb. 8, Phoenix at Dallas: Stars 2, Coyotes 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 13-9-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Stars are 8-4-0 over their last 12 games.

*The Stars have won three of their last five games on the road (3-2-0).

*The Stars are 14-2-4 vs. the Pacific Division this season.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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