Coyotes Tracks - December 31, 2011 - Heading Into the Wild

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 26: Goaltender Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes defelects the puck with his blocker pad in the second period during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes play their last game in 2011 this afternoon in the Twin Cities. The Dogs are looking to break their four game losing skid. The game against the Minnesota Wild starts at 4 p.m. MST and can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Head over to Hockey Wilderness for news on the Wild. And come back here for the usual Game Day Thread.

Starting at 6 p.m. you can watch the Team USA take on Team Canada on the NHL Network and NHL.com. The game will be for nothing but pride after the USA eliminated themselves from medal contention on Thursday.

Coyotes News

Coyotes vs. Wild - 12/31/2011 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview
Adam Kimelman from NHL.com previews this afternoon's tilt.

Coyotes Recall Pouliot from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
The Coyotes called up Marc-Antoine Pouliot and sent Andy Miele back down to Portland.

Bittersweet Symphony - Hipchecks
Jenna is back with photos from Keith Tkachuk's Ring of Honor Ceremony last Friday.

More links after the jump...

Pirates News

Pirates fall short of completing the comeback - Maine Hockey Journal
However, Portland did gain another point.

Phantoms slip past Pirates in shootout - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The Pirates forced OT against the Flyer's AHL affiliate, but didn't come away with a win.

Gladiators News

Jakaitis, Gladiators beaten by Everblades - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads lost the first in a series of three to Florida on Friday.

Sundogs News

CHL: Sundogs lose to Bees in home shootout, 5-4 - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Arizona's woes continued on Friday night.

WJC News

Brandon Gormley injects experience into young Canadian junior defence - Yahoo! News - The Canadian Press
Gormley is the man in charge of Canada's blueline this WJC.

Gormley a staple on Canadian blueline - The Calgary Herald
A brief bio on the Yotes prospect.

Group of Death Claims the Americans - Puck Worlds
The USA are out of medal contention at the WJC.

2012 WJC: USA vs. Czech Republic Reviewed - The United States of Hockey
A detailed review of the American loss.

Time To Give The WJC Minnows a Fair Shake - Puck Worlds
Bruce Peter would like to see the WJC tournament schedule extended so that the 4th and 5th teams in the pools get the same amount of rest as the top teams.

An illustrated guide to USA vs. Canada in World Juniors - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
An infographic to get you ready for tonight's North America showdown.

George McPhee says Evgeny Kuznetsov should be in NHL in 2012-13 - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
GMGM states the obvious. The kid likely should have been in the NHL this season.

News From Around the Hockey World

Colorado loses Matt Duchene for month with bum knee - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Duchene hurt himself trying to check the Coyotes Rostislov Klesla on Thursday.

Rangers Vs. Panthers: Rangers Return To First In The East With 4-1 Win Over Florida - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers have a two point lead over the Flyers heading into the Winter Classic on Monday.

Top 5 Reasons to Keep Watching Ducks Games - Anaheim Calling
For Coyotes fans the number one answer isn't in the post. They keeping losing.

Winter Classic Alumni Game now starting at 3 p.m. Saturday - Broad Street Hockey
Adjust your viewing plans accordingly if you are planning on watching the old guys.

Recap: Caps 3, Sabres 1 - Japers' Rink
The Capitals captain is starting to look like the Ovi of old.

Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke finally speak - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The former Flyer and his former GM finally spoke to each other again.

Teenage girl suffers concussion after alleged Sharks fan attack - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
A drunk fan out of control at a sporting event allegedly gives a teen a concussion.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: 2011: An NHL year in review

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