Coyote Tracks - WHITEOUT Tuesday April 20 Edition

Coyotes - Red Wings, game 4, a "must win" according to some Red Wings players...Travis will have you ready to go with a preview later in the day and we expect another active GDT at gametime (early start in Phoenix - 3:30 PM...thanks, NHL schedule makers!).  Basically, this series has been pretty simple - Coyotes played their game in games 1 and 3 (and the first period of game 2) and won those games; Detroit played their game in game 2 and won that game.  Which team will impose their will on Game 4.  Vernon Fiddler should be back for the Coyotes, Shane Doan will be a game time decision likely (more details after the jump).

For your early start needs, FSAZ is getting you an extra station.  All the details are available:

Tuesday's Phoenix Coyotes-Detroit Red Wings Game No. 4 is going to be simulcast on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports Arizona Plus
As the Phoenix Coyotes look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Arizona has announced Tuesday’s Game 4 will now be simulcast on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports Arizona Plus channels. The network’s exclusive local coverage of this important NHL Playoff game from Joe Louis Arena begins at 3:30 p.m.

LAST NIGHT'S NHL SCORES:  BUF 1 - BOS 2 (Boston leads series 2-1); WSH 5 - MON 1 (Washington leads series 2-1); VAN 3 - LAK 5 (LA leads series 2-1)

After the jump, Red Wings blaming refs after Game 3 loss (at least some of them), Phoenix draws big TV numbers with national broadcast, Ilya Bryzgalov is a stud, Taylor Pyatt discusses tragedy and much, much more...

Red Wings' Bertuzzi frustrated by 'intent to blow' | MLive.com
It's not a lot of whining, but it seems pretty misplaced.  Both "goals" were pretty clear situations where Bryz held the puck and the whistle was blown (or should've been blown) before the puck went in.  On the latter goal, that Todd Bertuzzi seems most frustrated about, he pushed Bryzgalov (along with the puck) over the goal line, which you really can't do regardless.  Mike Babcock has right take in that neither were real issues...

BREAKING: NHL on NBC Does Pretty Solid Business This Weekend " Puck The Media
This is great news for Phoenix.  A 5.3 rating matches the numbers posted by Boston for their Saturday affair against Buffalo.  Nothing bad to say here.

Vezina Finalists: Miller vs. Bryzlalov vs. Brodeur - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
A good breakdown of the Vezina race complete with reasons why all three of Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov and Martin Brodeur could win the big award.  Because of how the award is classified, I might have to say Miller deserves it, but that's because I'd give the Hart to Bryz.

Our good buddy Todd Walsh provides some great takes from today's practice in Detroit with the audio of Mike Babcock's and Dave Tippet's pressers...

Tippett's presser from this afternoon at the Joe. Doan comments on front and back end. - IC_D_007.MP3 on FileSocial

Here ya go. Hot off the presses. Mike Babcock's press conference after Detroit's practice today at the Joe. - babcockpresserpractice.MP3 on FileSocial

2010 NHL playoffs -- San Jose Sharks are cursed, and there are no ref conspiracies - ESPN
Some notes from the weekend from ESPN...

2010 NHL playoffs -- Detroit Red Wings feeling the pressure in first round - ESPN
The Red Wings, who have redefined winning in the NHL's modern era, are feeling the heat. And that's something we haven't said in a while about Detroit.

Sharks Dan Boyle own goal shows anything possible in NHL playoffs - Darren Eliot - SI.com
Not the most informative article, but people in the national media are seriously taking notice of the Coyotes, finally...

The Hockey News: Campbell's Cuts: Campbell's Cuts: Fantastic first round all thanks to rule changes
With referees willing to call penalties in overtime and let the game breathe, this post-season has been great even if the extra frames don't last as long.  I'd take issue with the premise that the extra long overtimes aren't great though.  I became a Philadelphia Flyers fan the night of their 5 OT thriller against Pittsburgh in 2000...there is something to be said for that much excitement...

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey on AZ Vibe " Are the Red Wings already looking past the Coyotes?
Poking around the web doing Coyotes/Red Wings series research and stumbled across this gem from the Red Wings Official Facebook Fan Page...wow, just wow...

Duthie: Coyotes' Taylor Pyatt discusses tragic accident
James Duthie with a really fabulous article on Taylor Pyatt's tragedy from last April and his rejuvenation in Phoenix...

Phoenix Coyotes' Yandle follows diet regimen
Defenseman sticks with chicken, pasta on game nights.  Oh Yandle, you just crack me up....and this isn't even a funny article...it just cracks me up for some reason.

Why haven't the Predators sold out Games 3 & 4 yet? - On the Forecheck
The Nashville Predators reportedly still have as many as 2,000 tickets available for tomorrow's Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena. The question naturally becomes, why? 

Triple shot of less than urgent hockey news...

Box Seats - Songs to Accompany an Air Horn - NYTimes.com
Not long after N.H.L. teams started to turn away from live organ music during games and began using recorded music, playing a song after a home team goal became commonplace.

DoanFace Gallery 1: Coyote scream inspires your twisted minds - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Retread from yesterday's sparse links, but well worth it to get yourself ready for Tuesday afternoon's tilt against the Red Wings.

VIDEO: Dan Carcillo's OT Goal Complete With Tim Saunders' WIP Radio Call - Broad Street Hockey
Finally, I know that a lot of folks in Phoenix (including myself) still enjoy following the exploits of our favorite pest, Dan Carcillo.  His growth this year in Philadelphia has been nice to watch (especially as a Flyers fan) and this video of his OT winner is just fantastic with the radio call...

Ok, be here for the GDT at 3:30 PM (or slightly before).  I'll be checking in from the office where I will likely terrify my colleagues by screaming profanities and throwing stuff as Bob Heethuis gets me through things...got additional links or have something to say before the game, post it below.

Let's Go Coyotes!  Throw the Snake for another victory at JLA and put a stranglehold on this series!  AWWOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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