Coyotes Tracks - April 12, 2012 - Warning: Whiteout Conditions Ahead

GLENDALE AZ - FEBRUARY 12: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks battles for a loose puck with Adrian Aucoin #33 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on February 12 2011 in Glendale Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)v

After what seems like an eternity, game one of the NHL Quarter final playoff series between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks will be played this evening in Glendale. In today's edition of the Tracks we've got links previewing the Phoenix/Chicago series, recaps from last night's NHL playoff games, and a link on the Portland Pirates big win last night

Check back later for a brief preview on the special teams match-ups, a special late afternoon edition of the Roundtable, and the usual game day thread.

Links after the jump...

Last Night's NHL Playoff Action

Kings get physical in upset of Canucks - latimes.com
Dustin Penner scored the GWG. I'm sure everyone had that in their playoff pool.

Predators 3, Red Wings 2: Pekka Rinne steals Game One - On the Forecheck
New acquired Paul Gaustad made Preds GM David Poile look really good last night.

ECQF Game 1: GOOD THINGS HAPPEN as Flyers erase 3-0 deficit, win 4-3 in OT - Broad Street Hockey
Bryz had his usual rough start, but rebounded as did the Flyers.

Coyotes vs Blackhawks Series

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks Series Preview: The Forwards - Five For Howling
A brief look at the forwards from Chicago.

Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks Series Preview: The Defensemen - Five For Howling
A brief look at the Chicago Blackhawks' defensive pairs.

Whaler roots run deep for Tippett, Quenneville - Fox Sports Arizona
The former teammates have to put their friendship on hold for the next two weeks.

Phoenix Coyotes ready to get 'intense' - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan profiles Yotes shutdown center Martin Hanzal.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks - scouting report, prediction - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan scouts the series and makes a prediction.

Coyotes plan on beating the odds again in playoffs - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
Is this the year the little team that could gets it done?

SCH's First Round Preview - Phoenix Coyotes Top 6 Forwards - Second City Hockey
They don't seem too impressed with out second line. Can't really blame them.

SCH First Round Preview - The Coyotes Bottom Six Forwards - Second City Hockey
Part two.

Off The Post: Players to Watch in Playoffs - OFF THE POST - A Blog by Luke Lapinski
Luke Lapinski gives his list on which Coyotes to pay attention to.

It's Time for WhiteOut 2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The best sports experience in the Valley begins again tonight.

One of the guys: goalie Mike Smith leads Coyotes into playoffs - The Washington Post
Mike Smith is just a dude. A dude who is leading the Coyotes into the playoffs and beyond.

A new rivalry? Several reasons to dislike the Desert Dogs - CSN Chicago
Jealous, these Chicago folks are.

Coyotes News

Report: Glendale focusing on Jamison bid - Fox Sports Arizona
Notes on ownership and the series.

Glendale mayor: City to talk with 1 Phoenix Coyotes buyer - azcentral.com
Well looks like we are putting our eggs in the Jamison basket. Lets hope its a good sign.

Pirates News

Pirates muck out a win; move into a playoff spot - Maine Hockey Journal
The Pirates win on Wednesday night netted them 8th place in the East.

The Final Howl

Today's humor - The NHL Department of NHL Player Safety.

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