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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


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