Just a couple weeks ago, many people would have probably been shocked if you said that tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes would just be for pride. If so, most likely would have assumed that the Coyotes pulled away with a decent lead.
Instead, the Stars are mathematically guaranteed to hold onto the last Western Conference playoff spot, prompting them to rest the likes of Jamie Benn and Kari Lehtonen.
On paper, it’s a game that doesn’t hold a lot on the line … but consider the Coyotes’ perspective. Phoenix hopes to avoid the added insult of ending their season with an eight-game losing streak. The ‘Yotes have been through a lot off the ice, but with those issues (relatively) settled, a lot of on-ice pride is on the line. You can watch them fight it out on NBCSN or via the live stream link below.