Coyotes Tracks - January 16, 2012 - Back Home, Need Points

The Phoenix Coyotes play their first home game in more than a week today when they face the Colorado Avalanche. Today's game is Kid's Day and has a special start time of 2p.m. MST due to the MLK Day holiday. For coverage on the Avs head over our Mile High Hockey. Check back here for the usual game day thread come face off.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

01/15/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Pre-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Coyotes radio play by play man Bob Heethuis previews this afternoon's game against the Avs.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle's work ethic propels him to elite status - The Arizona Republic
In addition to quotes on Yandle, Jim Gintonio's piece includes updates on the Coyotes walking wounded.

Phoenix Coyotes Welcome 9th Place Colorado Avalanche for MLK Matinee - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog
Jack Briggs with his preview and prediction of today's contest.

Coyotes' Radim Vrbata shows unique goal-scoring skill - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan writes about the Vrby Move.

Radim Vrbata - phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 01/15/2012
The Yotes forward discusses today's game against the Avs, his goal scoring prowess, & not getting picked for the all-star game.

3 Road Games. 3 Losses. 2 Points Obtained. Some Goalie Talk Is Needed. - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog
Jack Briggs with concerns about Barbs play this season.

Pirates News

Pirates get a big relief in 4-1 win - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Curtis McElhinney was injured in the first period. Justin Pogge came in and gave up just one goal.

Monarchs woes are the Pirates gain - Maine Hockey Journal
David Rundblad scored his second goal in as many games for Portland.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro Out Til February, Wathier To Be Recalled - Defending Big D
Horrible news for the Stars.

Jamie Benn Out Ten Days To Three Weeks After Appendectomy - Defending Big D
First Ribeiro goes down, now Benn. The Stars offense is in trouble for the short term.

San Jose Sharks downed 4-3 by dominant Chicago Blackhawks - Fear The Fin
The Sharks get a much needed loss.

Edmonton - Los Angeles Post-Game - The Copper & Blue
The OIlers won, but it took OT for it to happen.

Ducks At Canucks Recap ; Fair To Middling (4-2L) - Nucks Misconduct
The guys from Anaheim may be the hottest team in the league right now.

Dominance, Ineptitude And Then Malkin. Pens Beat Bolts 6-3. - PensBurgh
The Pens blew a 3 goal lead the third period and then Geno took over.

Semin, Orlov Score, Vokoun Stops Everything in Caps 2-1 Victory Over Canes - Russian Machine Never Breaks
The Caps took over the SE Division lead with their win on Sunday.

Habs Close Out 3-point Weekend with Win over Rangers - Habs Eyes On The Prize
The Habs found a way to beat the Eastern Conference leaders on Sunday.

Bob Murray’s kick in the butt currently working for the Ducks - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Anaheim Duck's GM apparently knows how to motivate people halfway through the season, after saying that almost everyone was up for sale the Ducks are 4- 0 -1.

Time to pack it in? Mikko Koivu out at least a month with shoulder injury - ProHockeyTalk
The Wild's playoff chances took a nosedive with the news that their captain was hurt on Saturday and will be out for an extended period of time.

The Final Howl

How a punk band stepped up to rescue financially struggling hockey team - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

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