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Thursday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (43-29-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (37-36-6), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - With no playoffs in sight the Phoenix Coyotes will at least get a glimpse of the future tonight, as Kyle Turris is expected to make his NHL debut in a test against the Dallas Stars at Jobing.com Arena.

Phoenix and its 80 points won't be playing past the regular season for a fifth straight campaign, but the club will at least give its fans something to cheer for tonight in the home finale.

Turris, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, just completed his collegiate career after Wisconsin fell to North Dakota in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament on Sunday. He then signed an entry-level contract on Monday and joined the Coyotes for practice the following day.

The 18-year-old British Columbia native was the Badgers' leading scorer with 11 goals and 36 points in 36 games, while also winning a Gold Medal representing Canada in the World Junior Championships this past Winter.

Turris skated on a line with 2006 eighth-overall pick Pete Mueller and captain Shane Doan on Tuesday. He will quickly get to know one of the Coyotes' Pacific Division rivals, as tonight's game opens a home-and-home set with the Stars.

The two teams will meet in Dallas on Friday.

Phoenix has dropped seven of its last eight games, including Sunday's 3-1 setback to San Jose. Doan had the lone goal, giving him a team-high 28 on the season. He has three games left to match the career-high 30 he scored in 2005-06.

Doan has already set new career bests with 49 assists and 77 points this year.

Ilja Bryzgalov made 29 saves for Phoenix, and Derek Morris had an assist in the loss. The Coyotes are 17-19-4 at home this year and after playing in Dallas, wrap their season in Anaheim on Sunday.

The Coyotes have won two straight over the Stars and are 4-2-0 against them this year. Phoenix, though, has still lost 10 of its last 15 versus Dallas and eight of 11 as the host.

The Stars free-fall continued on Sunday, as they lost to Anaheim, 3-2, in a shootout. Dallas has lost six of seven and nine of its last 11, but has at least gotten a point in each of its last three games (1-0-2). The Stars are currently tied with Colorado for fifth in the Western Conference, but have two games in hand over the Avalanche.

Dallas is also five points back of the Ducks for the fourth seed in the West, which is also the last spot to open up at home in the postseason. The Stars, who have already clinched a playoff spot, have three games left while the Ducks have two and are idle tonight.

Mike Modano scored his 20th goal of the season on Sunday, marking the 16th time in his career he has reached the 20-goal mark. Niklas Hagman also scored and Marty Turco stopped 30-of-32 shots in defeat but was beaten twice in the shootout.

Following tonight's game the Stars host Phoenix on Friday before ending the season with a home test against San Jose on Sunday. Dallas has lost four of its last five on the road, where it is 21-14-5 this season.

04/03 10:44:06 ET


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