Coyotes Tracks - February 26th 2012 - The Streaking Southwest

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Radim Vrbata #17 and Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes battle for a loose puck with Mark Fistric #28 of the Dallas Stars during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 18, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Stars 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Last night the Phoenix Coyotes took a big leap forward in the playoff race, beating the Edmonton Oilers and moving ahead of the San Jose Sharks to the become the leader of the Pacific Division and 3rd in the Western Conference. The Yotes have just dominated the month of February, but we can't get ahead of ourselves, there is still a month of hockey left to be played, San Jose still has 2 games in hand, and we still need to get at least a point against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday to close out February in a proper fashion.

You may have noticed it but the Coyotes are starting to get more positive press than they had before. Radim Vrbata and Mike Smith seem to have become the popular girls kids at school, everyone is talking about them. We also have news from the minor league teams, post game coverage of the game against Edmonton, and news from around the NHL.

Coyotes vs. Oilers Post Game News

Phoenix Coyotes Slow Down Edmonton Oilers With 3-1 Victory - Five For Howling

Renney Returns, Screws Chemistry, Oilers Lose 3-1 - The Copper & Blue

The Hockey News: Headlines: Goalie Mike Smith earns 10th straight win as Coyotes defeat Oilers 3-1

Phoenix Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers Game Recap - 02/25/2012

Mike Smith leads Phoenix to the top of the Pacific Division | ProHockeyTalk

More links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Mike Smith’s New (Wile E.) Coyotes Mask - The Goalie Magazine - InGoalMag.com
The Coyotes' netminder has a cool new mask.

Coyotes Recall Bolduc and Rundblad from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Neither played in last night's contest.

The City of Glendale is scrambling for money to pay the NHL | ProHockeyTalk
Time to solve this problem, the City of Glendale still owes the NHL $5 million.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Vrbata's career season, clutch goal scoring leading Phoenix Coyotes up West standings
More love for Vrby.

Pirates News

Short-handed Pirates rebound to rout Worcester | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The Pirates aren't going down without a fight, winning 5-1 over the Worcester Sharks.

Gladiators News

Lacroix Tricks Gladiators on Pink in the Rink - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports
The Stingrays beat the Gladiators at the 6th annual East Cooper Medical Center Pink in the Rink game 5-2.

Sundogs News

Sundogs' road trip ends with yet another loss - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Things aren't looking too good for the Sundogs, they are currently last place in the Berry Conference.

News From Around the Hockey World

2011-2012 Playoff Standings - NHL.com - Standings
A breakdown of the playoff games if the season ended today, the Coyotes would be playing the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. However if the Coyotes can overtake San Jose they could potentially play the Blackhawks.

Kings miss opportunity for two big points - Countdown to the Playoffs
The playoff race is getting tight with a lot of teams looking to get into the top 8, and some teams looking for their division lead. It isn't that far fetched that there will be a different set of 8 by the end of the month.

This Kyle Turris headshot on Joe Corvo made Jack Edwards rather displeased (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Looks like the former Coyote is in some trouble for delievering a hit to the head of Bruins Joe Corvo.

Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings Game Recap - 02/25/2012
LA showing a little offense beating the Blackhawks 4-0. Brown's hattrick is definitely going to raise his cost to trade if he is even still on the table.

Quincey Eats Crow, Avs Down Detroit 4-3 - Mile High Hockey
The Redwings lost which we all like. But Colorado is getting closer to a spot which we all probably like less.

Saturday’s Three Stars: four-point nights for Brown, Malkin; Coyotes 1st in Pacific | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Coyotes are an honorable mention but they got the headline, and a certain former Coyote got a dishonorable mention for a hit that may get him a date with Sheriff Shanahan.

Red Wings will be without Ericsson for at least four weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Detroit can afford to lose a few games in my opinion, but they obviously think that they are strong enough to play

Chicago falls to 0-for-39 on the power play | ProHockeyTalk
Blackhawks are having problems with their power play, not scoring a PPG on the road since December 14th. I doubt this is a big enough problem to knock them out of the top 8 but it may change their position for the playoffs.

Panthers trade for Wolski, Rangers receive Vernace, pick - Litter Box Cats
The Rangers dumped the former Coyote.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: A fan's guide to NHL trade deadline day

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