NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, April 16th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (37-39-5) at St. Louis Blues (21-45-14), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams eyeing the offseason clash tonight when the
Phoenix Coyotes visit the St. Louis Blues at the Savvis Center.
The Coyotes will play their final game of its 2005-06 season, ending a
miserable year in more ways than one. In addition to a last-place finish in
the Pacific Division, the season has been marred by the gaming scandal
involving assistant coach Rick Tocchet. Head coach Wayne Gretzky's wife was
tied to the alleged sports betting ring, and it was reported that Gretzky had
knowledge of it as well.
Gretzky has logged his first season as an NHL coach, but it remains unclear
whether or not it will be his only one. The Great One, who lost both his
mother and grandmother during the season, has not made up his mind if he will
coach again next season.
The Coyotes have lost six of their last seven games, including Saturday's 5-1
tilt in Nashville. Predators goaltender Chris Mason stopped 23 shots and was
credited with a goal when the Coyotes Geoff Sanderson's pass misfired and went
the length of the ice into his own net during a delayed penalty call.
Dennis Seidenberg notched the lone Coyotes goal and David Leneveu stopped 26
of the 30 shots he faced in the loss.
St. Louis, meanwhile, has had its string of 25 consecutive playoff appearances
ended. The Blues have lost three straight games, including Saturday's 3-2 tilt
against visiting Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 8.9 seconds remaining
in regulation to lift the Red Wings.
Lee Stempniak scored a goal and had an assist for the Blues, and Jamal Mayers
also scored. Goaltender Jason Bacashihua made 35 saves in the loss.
The Blues will finish their campaign on Tuesday in Chicago.
Phoenix is 2-1 against St. Louis this season.
04/16 10:27:23 ET