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Saturday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (20-42-11-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (21-36-18-6), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes wrap up a dismal season today when they host the lowly Chicago Blackhawks at Glendale Arena.

The Coyotes have 66 points and are 13th in the Western Conference -- ahead of only Columbus and Chicago.

On Wednesday, Phoenix was unable to deny the Calgary Flames a postseason slot, as it fell 1-0 at the Saddledome.

Brent Johnson made 31 saves in defeat, as Phoenix lost its fifth straight. The Coyotes have been shut out three times in their last five outings and have scored a paltry three goals.

Phoenix, which was blanked for the sixth time this season, is a terrible 1-13-4-3 in its last 21 games.

The Coyotes are just 10-19-7-4 at home this season.

Meanwhile, Chicago was handed a 3-1 setback by the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at the United Center. Steve Sullivan and Jeremy Stevenson each notched a goal and an assist to help the Predators complete a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal for Chicago, which has lost five straight games and is winless in its last seven (0-4-2-1). Jocelyn Thibault stopped 26 shots in defeat.

The Blackhawks wrapped up their home slate 13-17-6-5 and finish the season with two road games. They visit Phoenix on Saturday night and complete the year in Dallas the following day.

The Coyotes and Blackhawks have played to ties in all three meetings this season and are knotted at 4-4-5 over the last 11 matchups. However, Chicago is 3-1-1 in its last five trips to Phoenix.

04/03 10:30:31 ET


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