GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hours before his team knew its fate, Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek finally declared what everyone else was thinking about this so-called playoff race between the Coyotes and the Dallas Stars.
"It's like nobody wants it," he said.
Somebody did Friday night.
Dallas came to play in a thorough, 3-0 win over the shorthanded and struggling St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. The win clinched the Western Conference's final playoff spot for the Stars, simultaneously ending the Coyotes' hopes for that final wild card slot.
"It's not often you can't get a win for two weeks and youâre still hanging in there," forward Lauri Korpikoski said.
The Blues entered the game minus six injured forwards, and they weren't slouches. T.J. Oshie (head), David Backes (foot), Vladimir Tarasenko (hand), Brenden Morrow (foot), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) and Derek Roy (upper body) all sat this one out, while St. Louis fielded an AHL roster filled out with Friday recalls Adam ...