Coyotes Tracks - December 19, 2011 - Heading South

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 17: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck during the NHL game against the New York Rangers at Arena on December 17, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Given the Phoenix Coyotes play of late it's rather appropriate that they are heading to the South to play their next two games. The Desert Dogs play Florida and Carolina on back to back nights starting tomorrow evening. While we might not have the mother lode of Tracks posts today we've got many links you should find interesting including ones on Portland's loss on Sunday, recaps of Sunday's three NHL games, and Bryz in the Final Howl.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes' Don Maloney uncanny in his ability to make deals - The Arizona Republic
GMDM don't play.

The Desert Dog Blog: Ekman-Larsson Eager to Play with Rundblad Again - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
The Swedish Wonder Twins activate.

What We Learned: The best general manager in the NHL - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Lambert thinks its GMDM. Who are we to argue.

More links after the jump...

Pirates News

Pirates unable to handle adversity against St. John’s - Maine Hockey Journal
The Pirates players played like X-mas break had already begun.

Pirates tripped up by IceCaps, 5-2 - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Brett MacLean is one constant right now for Portland. He scored another goal on Sunday.

News From Around the Hockey World

Panthers come back from slow start; top Hurricanes 3-2 in OT - Litter Box Cats
The Yotes next two opponents needed extra time to determine a winner on Sunday.

Train Kept a Rollin: Hawks 4 - Flames 2 - Second City Hockey
The Hawks are enjoying the holiday season. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and 1st in the West.

Blues beat Blue Jackets 6-4, jump Detroit in standings. - St. Louis Game Time
Hitch has turned a talented team into a dangerous one.

Sweden Opening a Hockey Hall of Fame - Puck Worlds
Hope they are saving space for an Oliver Ekman-Larsson bust.

Video: Rene Bourque’s hit from behind injures Brent Seabrook - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Seabrook left the game and didn't return after the hit. Paging Mr. Shanahan.

Fenwick Power Rankings - Arctic Ice Hockey
For you non-stats geeks, Fenwick is Corsi minus blocked shots.

Tonight on Versus: Surprising Stars take on disappointing Ducks - ProHockeyTalk
Pacific Division showdown on National TV. Don't get to write those words often.

The Final Howl

Sunday Comics: Ilya Bryzgalov, space cadet edition - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

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