Coyotes Tracks - April 10th, 2012 - Countdown To The First Round

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 11: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks faces off against Boyd Gordon #15 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 11, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In just two days from now the Chicago Blackhawks will be heading to Jobing.com Arena to face off against the Pacific Division Champion Phoenix Coyotes (last time we are going to talk about it . . . during this post) and the Whiteout. If you haven't gotten your tickets for the first game between these two teams and you are a Coyotes fan than you should hurry up because they are selling fast and if you are Hawks fan than you should take your time and don't rush. Yesterday a few people decided to weigh in on who they thought were going to be the winners of this bout, and although a few analysts picked the Coyotes most seemed side with the Blackhawks, although bear in mind a few of these analysts probably didn't think that we were even going to make it to the playoffs.

Today below we some news about the Coyotes, analysis of the coming games, some news from the minors, and news from around the hockey world.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Coyotes' success fueled by three key role players - The Arizona Republic
OEL, Gordo, and Vermette are doing the little things well.

Relocation Roulette: Is Jim Treliving Buying the Phoenix Coyotes?
In yet another twist in the ongoing ownership saga of the Phoenix Coyotes, a new man may have thrown his hat into the ring on a popular Canadian TV show.

Beard-A-Thon - Coyotes
The Beard-A-Thon is back. Sign up here.

Mondays Podcast of The Bertrand Berry Show - AZ Sports Talk
Three segments of Monday's show were dedicated to the Yotes.

Coyotes notebook: No distractions this year
Coyotes glad to be dealing with fewer ownership rumors this year; Aucoin ready for Game 1.

04/09/2012 - Tippett Interview Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Coach Tippett talks about the coming playoffs after Monday's practice.

Ekman-Larsson at his best heading into playoffs - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
OEL working his way to an eventual Norris trophy down the road.

azcentral.com blogs - West Valley Voices - I'm concerned about Scruggs' comments on NHL, budget
Councilwoman Joyce Clark fires back at Mayor Scruggs.

NHL Names Smith its No. 1 Star of the Week - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Smith is back on the list of NHL Stars of the Week.

Coyotes bring division title to the desert - NHL.com - News
Its been a tough season, but the Coyotes finished it as Division Champions. Next stop the playoffs.

04/08/2012 - Doan Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The captain speaks about winning the Pacific and the fans showing up at the airport to welcome the team home.

Beard-A-Thon :: Coyotes :: Home
Grow your playoff beard and support local charities and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Round 1: Coyotes/Blackhawks Coverage

NHL Playoff Preview: Pacific Division Champion Coyotes Take On Chicago Blackhawks In First Round - SB Nation Arizona
John De Groote of SBN Arizona previews the series with the Blackhawks.

SCH's First Round Preview: The Biggest Obstacle - Second City Hockey
Can't disagree with Fels' choice.

We Just Come From Such Different Sets Of Circumstance: SCH's Phoenix Coyotes Preview - Second City Hockey
Sam Fels previews the series by looking at Yotes from the Chicago perspective.

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Hockey Prospectus
Rob Vollman has it as an almost toss up. Yotes in 7.

Toews skates with Kane and Hossa at practice, "more confident" he’ll play Thursday - ProHockeyTalk
Will Toews be ready enough to play against the Coyotes? If he is what condition will he be in and what kind of impact will he have?

Why Phoenix will win the Cup - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
Mike Smith. Mike Smith. Mike Smith. Mike Smith. Mike Smith.

Pirates News

Ross giving Pirates a spark | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Since working his way into the lineup, defenseman Nick Ross has become a big contributor for the Pirates.

News From Around the Hockey World

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: 6 Questions Heading Into The NHL Postseason - SBNation.com
The final question involves the Desert Dogs.

Most Goals Scored in Every NHL Arena - The Hockey Writers
No surprise who has the most at the Job.

Top 10 Stanley Cup Playoff storylines to watch in the 2012 NHL postseason | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A look at 10 of the stories that are going to be going on during this years Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Final Howl

100 Reasons Why Hockey in Arizona is Awesome | brisaidwhat.tumbler.com

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