Genoway Debuts, Fredheim Back; Implications On Pacific

Well State of Hockey legion, the Wild’s season wraps tonight as the Phoenix Coyotes visit Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild made two emergency call-ups for tonight’s game: defensemen Kris Fredheim and Chay Genoway. Fredheim will skate with Minnesota for the third time this season, while Genoway makes his NHL debut.

The Wild had to recall two defensemen because Nate Prosser was suspended for the finale for head-butting Chicago’s Jamal Mayers. Clayton Stoner also is out for the finale with a broken rib.

Niklas Backstrom will be in net for the Wild.

With the multitude of injuries this season, it’s been a roller coaster ride for Minnesota. However, the team can end the season on a high note, while playing a little havoc on the Western Conference playoff outlook.

Phoenix comes to St. Paul with a one-point lead in the Pacific Division on both the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Just to spice things up, the Sharks and Kings play tonight in San Jose.

So here is how things can play out. If the Wild wins in regulation, the Coyotes would lose-out on the Pacific Division title, and the winner of San Jose/L.A. would claim the Pacific. An overtime or shootout loss for Phoenix combined with a San Jose win would still give Phoenix the division title. However, if the Kings beat the Sharks in regulation or overtime and the Coyotes manage one point, Los Angeles would win the division.

Whichever team takes the Pacific will be the third seed in the West with home ice for the first round of the playoffs. The other two teams would be the seventh and eight seeds in the West. Got it?

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