Coyote Tracks - Thursday April 8 Edition

Phoenix Coyotes are the 4 seed in the Western Conference!  Home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs...really can't complain about anything from last night's game (aside from that goal 12 seconds in that I missed while getting my new Keith Yandle jersey customized for the playoffs).  It would've been nice for the Columbus Blue Jackets to hold on to their 2-1 lead against Detroit, but what can you do.  The Red Wings and Predators are tied in 5th place with Detroit having a game in hand.  LA is also in the running for the #5 seed.  Coyotes will get a shot at the Kings tomorrow night in LA and then the last game of the season against the Sharks in San Jose.

As for other points of note from last night, Shane Doan got the monkey off his back with a gritty goal late in the 3rd - driving to the net, putting in the rebounds....this is what is going to get things done come the playoffs.  Wojtek Wolski scored a very pretty goal when he cherry picked a pass from Keith Yandle and fought off the Nashville defender to lift one over Pekka Rinne...Taylor Pyatt, Lauri Korpikoski and Petteri Nokelainen had the other goals for the Coyotes.

Recaps from last night.  [Travis' take] [AP via ESPN] [AZCentral's Jim Gintonio] [On the Forecheck]

LAST NIGHT'S NHL SCORES: NSH 2 - PHX 5; TOR 1 - NYR 5; CLS 3 - DET 4; STL 5 - CHI 6; COL 4 - EDM 5 (OT)

After the jump, some feel good stories about the Coyotes, why the present is great, but the future may be even greater, Ice Edge will they or won't they....

Coyotes' bidder on brink of pulling out
Ice Edge partner says he's weary of Glendale's "games" in lease negotiations.  There's so many other bits and pieces of information out there it's hard to know what exactly is going on.  Let's just wait and see what happens.

Glendale-Reinsdorf deal calls for bond district, exit plan for Phoenix Coyotes - Phoenix Business Journal:
5 or 6  years to turn things around might not sound as good as Ice Edge's commitment to hold on for the entire term, but it's 5 or 6 years longer than we currently are being promised.

Legislation may help Glendale keep Coyotes - Phoenix Business Journal:
There's also more information coming out about the possibility of special taxing districts.  We'll see what becomes of this as well.

5 reasons why the Coyotes are winners - NHL Network
NHL Network's Dan Pollard has five reasons why the Phoenix Coyotes are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Playoff Primer: Five Things To Watch For
5 things to look for in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The NHL would be proud.

hockey plumber: Five Teams That Have Much To Look Forward To (Part 1 of 5)
Just remember that the Coyotes have lots of great youth players coming up in the future, including Kyle Turris, Mikkel Boedker, Brett MacLean, Viktor Tikhonov, and many, many more...

Goodyear fan loves Phoenix Coyotes 'hockey family'
Heather McWhorter (aka @TheYotesDiva) gets some fine press...

Rutherford: Bettman to make All-Star Game announcement here Thursday - Canes - NewsObserver.com
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will host a press conference regarding future All-Star Games in Raleigh on Thursday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday.  Piss off Raleigh - that game should've been in Glendale.  Hopefully once this ownership situation gets straightened out, we'll get our game in 2012.

Puck Daddy chats with Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion about Hobey Baker, his bloodlines and why Phoenix will win the Stanley Cup - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
A nice interview here with Nashville prospect Blake Geoffrion who tweeted that the Coyotes were his choice to win the Stanley Cup - good deal...just don't go telling that too loudly to your future teammates.

Rivals High - N.J. teams finally play final ... 21 years later
Fabulous story here...just go and read...

They're back! Pierre LeBrun's second annual LeBrownie Awards! - ESPN
This is part 1 of your whimsy, unfortunately brought to you by someone that isn't exactly viewed as a comedian around here for his past negativity about Phoenix.

It's Finally Here!!!!!!!!!11 - Broad Street Hockey
This is just a fantastic roast of the NHL milking their hot commodity for all its worth...good times.

Ok, tonight, Coyotes in LA to take on the Kings.  Be here for the gamethread.  Travis and I should both be around to lead the cheers, hopefully.

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