Coyotes Tracks - March 24th, 2012 - Going Shark Hunting

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Goaltender Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes a pad save on a shot as Daymond Langkow #22 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks for a rebound during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 10, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Last night was a pretty slow night in the Western Conference, with no games with playoff implications being played, but today is a new day. Not today though, there is likely to be a lot of changes in the Western Conference standings for us to report tomorrow. Calgary is going to play Dallas, Carolina is playing Detroit, Winnipeg is playing Nashville, Boston is playing LA, Vancouver is playing Colorado, and of course the Coyotes will be facing off against the San Jose Sharks.

Down below we have some news about the Coyotes (the news coverage was good for them today), news about some of the minor league teams, and news from around the NHL.

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: Arnold Will Join Coyotes for Stretch Run - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Scott Arnold gets a shot at impressing the coaches and front office.

Cisco NHL Live: Mike Smith Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Smith talks to the NHL about his 100th victory against the Colorado Avalanche.

Trending Topics: When does a reckless NHLer become ‘that kind of player?’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
An article attacking Shane Doan putting forth an argument that he should be labeled a dirty player. The argument is stupid but its nice to read the comments were people from everywhere come to the defense of Captain Coyote.

Playoff bubble watch — Phoenix Coyotes edition | ProHockeyTalk
Although the Coyotes are in 7th and tied with LA for the Pacific Division they are still on the bubble and need to play great in the next couple games.

2011-2012 Hardest Working Player Award - Phoenix Coyotes - Fan Zone
The winner will receive the Jukka Nieminen Memorial Trophy at the game on 3/31.

Five Reasons Why The Phoenix Coyotes Will Make It Into The Playoffs - The Hockey Writers
OEL finally getting national press this week. And of course, coach Tippett makes the list.

Hard Way Heroes Program Surpasses Goal - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Fans can still donate to the program.

Whitney proving a magician again in 19th season - NHL.com - In The Spotlight
"He's been our MVP this year, hands down." No argument there.

More links after the jump...

News About Tonight’s Enemy

Coyotes vs. Sharks - 03/24/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview

Coyotes battle Sharks for playoff contention | foxsportsarizona.com

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

Pirates News

Pirates get a win as chase goes on | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
It may have taken them a while but the Portland Pirates have finally beat the Connecticut Whale.

Gladiators News

Matt MacKenzie reassigned to Gwinnett Gladiators - Greece, NY - Greece Post
Matt MacKenzie of the Rochester Americans has been reassigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Sundogs News

CHL: Rapid City edges Arizona, 2-1 - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Rapid City has beat the Sundogs the past 15 times, a streak which goes 2 seasons.

News From Around the Hockey World

Henrik Sedin apologizes for being Swedish, shouldn't have to - CanucksArmy
Stereotypes and xenophobia. Cue Coach's Corner.

Game 74 Recap: Hats Off to (Roy) Harper (and/or RJ Umberger) - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets are continuing to play the role of the spoiler in beating the Carolina Hurricanes. The Coyotes will be playing the Blue Jackets next month, hopefully they decide to stop winning by then.

Recap: Jets 4, Caps 3 (OT) - Japers' Rink
Washington lost a 3-0 lead to lose to the Jets in overtime.

Kings GM doesn’t expect Simon Gagne back this season | ProHockeyTalk
Gagne will likely not be back this season, he suffered concussion issues that have not allowed him to play since December 26th.

The Final Howl

John Buccigross would like to keep you up to date on hockey lingo; Backhand Shelf approves | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

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