Coyotes Tracks - January 5, 2012 - Thursday Tracks

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 3: Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Sorry for the lack of tracks yesterday (and the lateness of today's...) So we have a lot of catching up to do. Your Phoenix Coyotes take on the LA Kings tonight at the Staples center at 8pm on Fox Sports AZ Plus. Join us back here for our game day thread.

Coyotes News

Coyotes prospect Brandon Gormley stepping up at World Junior Championships
Coyotes prospect Brandon Gormley has been a force for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Alberta, and Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney is not surprised.

Coyotes Introduce Hard Way Heroes Salute Pack - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Great way to get tickets if you don't already have them for Saturday's game

More links after the jump...

News About Tonight’s Enemy

Coyotes looking for crucial division win in LA

NHL Preview - Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings - Jan 05, 2012 - CBSSports.com

Kings Gameday: Shots Shots Shots - Battle of California

Los Angeles Kings Offensive Resurgence | The Hockey Writers

Pirates News

Pirates 5, Whale 4 OT: Whale of a tale | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The Pirates score in the final minute of regulation and overtime to top the Connecticut Whale, 5-4.

TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League | 2012 All-Star rosters unveiled
Miele to play in 2012 AHL All Star Classic

Portland arena may close while it is renovated | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Civic Center trustees will weigh potential savings against loss of revenue in deciding whether to shut down during the $33 million upgrade.

Gladiators News

Gwinnett's Jakaitis named ECHL Goaltender of the Month
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Sundogs News

CHL: Sundogs fall in overtime to Bees off a bad bounce - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Nicolas Rioux scored in overtime as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees defeated the Arizona Sundogs 3-2 final on Tuesday night.

News From Around the Hockey World

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks Game Recap - 01/04/2012
Minnesota Wild still struggling.

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks - Recap - January 04, 2012 - ESPN
The Sharks finally beat the Ducks

Welcome back: Shea Weber cleared to play | ProHockeyTalk
The Predators get their captain back after missing four games with a concussion.

Ducks GM says Selanne, Koivu are only ‘untouchables’ | ProHockeyTalk
Yes, that means Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan could conceivably be had.

Please welcome your 2012 NHL All-Ottawa, er, All-Star starters - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Fan voting stinks...

Fraser: About players and the remarks they make
Article about name calling in hockey and the effects of it on players. Includes stories about Shane Doan and Tyson Nash.

What Evgeny Kuznetsov Did Wrong - Japers' Rink
A response to Eric Francis's trashing of Evgeny Kuznetsov by Rob Parker Jr.

Carcillo suspended for seven games – USATODAY.com
Car Bomb gets 7 games for his hit on Tom Gilbert. Not enough if you are a Blackhawks fan.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Feds seize bogus Winter Classic merchandise worth estimated US$350,000
That's a lot of dough. It averages out to over $200 per item, which seems about right for hockey merchandise.

A demonstration outside the Bell Centre on January 7
Note: You have to use a translator. French groups plan to protest outside Bell Centre over Cunneyworth being named interim head coach.

Kari Lehtonen back at critical time for Dallas Stars - NHL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Stars get their goalie back the day Coyotes get Smith back.

Randy Cunneyworth, unilingual Anglophone, vows to learn French - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Cunneyworth needs to learn French to stay head coach of the Canadiens. And winning some would probably help too.

The Final Howl

What to do with the repeat offenders? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

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