AVALANCHE (15-24-7) at COYOTES (20-18-8)
TV: Altitude 2, FS-Arizona PLUS
Last 10: Colorado 3-4-3; Phoenix 5-3-2
Season series: The Phoenix Coyotes have won both of their previous games this season against the Colorado Avalanche. In their last meeting, the Coyotes beat the Avalanche 4-0 on April 6 at Jobing.com Arena.
Big story: While both the Coyotes and Avalanche have been eliminated from contention for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, each team will look to generate some positive momentum for 2013-14 in their final two games of the season.
Avalanche: Considering the strong young crop of offensive players on Colorado's roster, the team has just two games left in its third-consecutive season without a playoff berth. However, the future does look bright with the likes of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly in the fold.
Despite a 3-1 loss at St. Louis in their last game, Colorado has picked up points in five of its last seven games with a 3-2-2 record. After visiting Phoenix on Friday night, Colorado will wrap up its season at home against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Coyotes: Just 12 months ago Phoenix had won its first division championship in the NHL and was in the midst of a remarkable run to the Western Conference Finals. One year removed from the most successful season in franchise history, however, the Coyotes will be spending spring at home for the first time in four years following a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.
Despite being eliminated from contention, Phoenix responded with a solid 2-1 win against the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. The Coyotes will look to finish the season strong with two more wins in their final games against Colorado and the Anaheim Ducks, but doing so may only leave Dave Tippett and his players wondering what could have happened with one more win.
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