Coyotes Tracks - February 4, 2012 - Shark Fin Soup

The Phoenix Coyotes have had some time off since they played the Ducks and they have been practicing to prepare for tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks. The Yotes will be playing their conference rivals tonight at Jobing.com Arena at 6 p.m. and it will be a buck bash game so you can get your dollar beer, hotdogs, and soda. Join us later tonight for the game thread.

In today's tracks we have some pregame stories, some bad news about NHL captains, and news from around the hockey world.

Coyotes News

Coyotes Charities Waiters Gala presented by Gila River.
Check out the gold/white/black jersey. They should consider that for the fourth jersey, the shiny gold may blind their opponents.

02/03/2012 Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Tippett says the practice has been good. Hopefully they did what they need to do to get wins. Its nice to see the Yotes being able to practice again.

Coyotes' urgency rising as season winds down - Fox Sports Arizona
Good to know that the Coyotes know what they need to do. Now hopefully they can do what they need to do.

Phoenix Coyotes look to re-establish identity beginning with game vs. San Jose Sharks - News from The Arizona Republic
Hopefully the new identity is one that wins games.

5 on 5 with The Production Line - Five For Howling
The crew at the Red Wings site The Production Line answered questions we posed to them.

5on5 with 54H " The Production Line - TP:60
We answered TPL five questions.

More links after the jump...

News About Tonight's Enemy

02/03/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Pre-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

Preview-San Jose Sharks at Phoenix Coyotes - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog

NHL Preview - San Jose Sharks at Phoenix Coyotes - Feb 04, 2012 - CBSSports.com

San Jose Sharks report for Saturday's game at Phoenix Coyotes - San Jose Mercury News

Pirates News

ShorelinePlus.com News - Sound Tigers sink Pirates for eighth straight road win
The Pirates lost to what may be the worst named team in hockey.

Sound Tigers 6, Pirates 2: Heading on opposite paths | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Gladiators News

Jakaits shuts down Road Warriors in 3-0 win | AccessNorthGa
Congrats to Gwinnett Gladiator goaltender Jeff Jakaits who shut out the Greenville Road Warriors.

Sundogs News

Official Site of the Arizona Sundogs: Sundogs News
Sundogs lose to Missouri 4-3.

News From Around the Hockey World

Here’s Pavel Datsyuk modeling for ELLE magazine | ProHockeyTalk
Red Wings player with a popped collar. Must. Resist. Urge. To. Punch.

Owen Nolan to formally retire Tuesday in San Jose? | ProHockeyTalk
One time Coyote Owen Nolan may retire on Tuesday.

Patrick Roy fined for the third time in five months | ProHockeyTalk
$5,000 fine for comments about the QMJHL wanting injured players to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospect game.

Why the Blackhawks shouldn’t be worried – yet | ProHockeyTalk
I wouldn't mind the Blackhawks sliding down in the rankings and with five consecutive losses that may be happening.

Struggling Montreal Canadiens get a visit from sports psychologist - Montreal Gazzette - Faceoff.com
Not sure that even Carl Rogers could help these guys get enough confidence to make the playoffs. (author's note: woot second time using my psychology degree)

Ovechkin 'dying to get back' - CSNWashington.com
Maybe this will motivate him to not get suspended again. Although everything we know about human behavior would suggest otherwise.

Stars put Brenden Morrow back on the IR | ProHockeyTalk
Star's captain is put on the injured reserve list again with neck and back issues.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Home cooking solves nothing as Senators lose to Islanders 2-1 in overtime
Looks like the Senators are in a slump with a lose to the Islanders which may be the low point of their season.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Kings' Dustin Penner turns pancake-related injury into charitable event
Good to see that he has a sense of humor about himself and is willing to make fun of himself to help others. For our Canadian readers humor = humour.

Kings Clock Controversy: Previous time lags in LA, Colin Campbell vs. technology | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Looks like the Kings Clock problems weren't an isolated incident.

Surest signs Blues are back? Missouri lawmakers, kin got free tickets - stltoday.com
The Coyotes need to get better so they can be used in the questionable practice of bribing law makers.

Red Wings' Jimmy Howard out 2 games with broken finger - Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Which means he won't be playing against the Coyotes on Monday.

The Final Howl

Ukrainian feminist group plays topless hockey to protest IIHF championships in Belarus | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I can't link to the actual article because it is NSFW. Its an interesting protest technique and obviously is getting media attention and hopefully bringing some attention to human rights violations in Belarus.

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