Coyotes Tracks - December 5, 2011 - Back To The Windy City

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Marc-Andre Bourdon #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 3, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Flyers defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes play 3 games in 4 nights this week beginning this evening. They begin their trip in Chicago, where less than a week ago they beat the Blackhawks by a score of 4-1.

In today's Tracks, we've got news on a call up, the Pirates woes, and the usual assortment of links from the hockey world. Enjoy.

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: December Schedule will Test Team's Mettle - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
The biggest news in Vest's piece is Klesla is indeed out for tonight's game.

Coyotes Recall Summers from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
The Coyotes made the emergency recall on Sunday.

Phoenix Coyotes look to get power play going vs. Chicago Blackhawks - The Arizona Republic
'Anemic' might be too kind a word to describe the Coyotes power play recently/

Coyotes vs. Blackhawks - 12/05/2011 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview
Preview of tonight's game.

Off the Ice: Time to move Kyle Turris - ArizonaSports.com
Carter Nacke isn't sold on the young center's play.

New Hockey The Hard Way Commercial - Howlin' Hockey
bigjackddady likes the new ad.

More links after the jump...

Pirates News

Pirates held pointless on weekend road trip - Maine Hockey Journal
Ugly weekend for the Pirates.

Pirates finish off a lost weekend - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Brett MacLean scored the Pirates only goal on Sunday.

News From Around the Hockey World

Travel key to realignment + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
Number 25 is on a potential suitor for Kyle Turris.

NHL realignment easy in theory, tough to execute - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Nicholas Cotsonika thinks Gary Bettman may have his work cut out for him.

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
Bruce Boudreau is still winless as the Ducks coach.

Red Wings at Avalanche Recap, Avs take down rivals 4-2 - Mile High Hockey
The Avs cooled off the hot Wings.

Flames At Canucks Recap ; Woke Up Laughing (5-1W) - Nucks Misconduct
Luongo or Schneider it doesn't matter much when the rest of the Canucks are on their game.

Derek Boogaard - A Boy Learns to Brawl - NYTimes.com
First in a three part series on NHL enforcer who died on May 13.

Derek Boogaard - Blood on the Ice - NYTimes.com
Second part.

Comparing Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby: Fair or not? - Broad Street Hockey
One quarter of a single season is an extremely small sample size. See Ninja, Desert.

Why Scoring Chances Are Important - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Neil Greenberg explains the importance of scoring chances.

The Final Howl

The preliminary USA WJC roster gets announced at 3 p.m. MST today. You can watch the announcement live on the NHL Network.

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