Coyotes Tracks - March 20, 2012 - Big Night in Big D

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by Antoine Vermette #50 after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period in NHL action on March 14, 2012 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes take on the Dallas Stars tonight with first place in the Pacific Division on the line. The game starts at 5p.m. MST and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network. As a bonus, former Coyotes play by play announcer Dave Strader is working the game for NBCSN.

In today's Tracks we've got previews of tonight's big game, Radulov news galore, and recaps from last night's NHL contests (way to go Anaheim!).

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Coyotes, Stars clash for top spot in Pacific Division - The Arizona Republic
Jim Gintonio previews tonight's match-up.

Gameday Preview: Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars (7:00pm CST) - Defending Big D
Brad Gardner previews tonight's contest from the Stars perspective.

Tonight on NBCSN: A Pacific Division battle royal featuring Coyotes-Stars and Sharks-Kings - ProHockeyTalk
It's a Pacific Division extravaganza on the NBC Sports Network tonight.

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes and Stars to Play for First Place on National Stage - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Dave looks at tonight's game.

Tippett Notches 400th NHL Victory - Phoenix Coyotes - News
He's second among active coaches in wins.

Cisco NHL Live: Ray Whitney Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Wizard talks about his quest for 1,000 career points.

Pirates News

Twitter / @rduncan16: Skate to the face last nig ...
The Pirates' Ryan Duncan posts a picture of his stitched up face.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - March 19, 2012 - Arizona Sundogs Play Last Three On The Road - Five For Howling
Valerie'sweekly update.

News From Around the Hockey World

Ducks Keep Sharks At Bay, Win 5-3 - Anaheim Calling
Yotes fans were froced to pull for the Ducks last night. They were rewarded.

Recap: Caps 5, Red Wings 3 - Japers' Rink
The Redwings have been slumping a bit and the lose to Washington really showcases that. They are currently only 4 points ahead of Chicago and they are tied with Nashville.

Boston 8, Toronto 0: Bruins Run Roughshod Over Leafs, Sweep Season Series Handily - Stanley Cup of Chowder
After the second the Bruins had 7 goals and the Leafs had 7 shots on goal.

Rangers Vs. Devils: Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot With 4-2 Win Over Devils - Blueshirt Banter
Fights, fights, and fights. Looked like a kindergarten classroom on the ice.

Rangers Vs. Devils Brawl Something The NHL Can And Should Prevent -
The Atlantic Division should be known as the home of the Gong Show.

Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild beat the Canucks.

Why Alexander Radulov's return is a major event –
Kevin Allen explains why Rads return to the NHL is such a big deal.

Alex Radulov's Return To Nashville Predators Is Great For Alex Radulov, Bad For NHL -
Dom from LHH with his take on Rads return.

Radulov return problematic + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
The Wizard's chase for 1,000 is noted.

Game 72: Buffalo Sabres versus Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Unlike Toronto, the Bolts at least kicked a field goal.

Mathieu Perreault Shows That Crashing The Net Isn't Just For Big Guys - Japers' Rink
They type of thing that could get Andy Miele will need to learn to do.

College Hockey Roundup: First Look at National Tournament Field - The United States of Hockey
Arizona hockey fans will likely be pulling for DU given that one of their own (and the Coyotes) plays for the Pioneers.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: Nine lives: A look at the playoff bubble teams

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