Coyotes Tracks - April 17th, 2012 - Game 3 @ Blackhawks

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes handles the puck under pressure from Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Happy tax day... We apologize for not having any tracks yesterday, we were too busy drinking off that OT loss from Saturday. Today however is a new day, the Coyotes are an impressive 63-42-18 on the road and 4-1-1 at the United Center under Head Coach Dave Tippett. The puck drops at 6pm Phoenix time, on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. We will have more news throughout the day and be sure to join us back here for today's game day thread.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Protecting late leads hasn't been easy for Coyotes - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
Phoenix, who led by a goal in the final minute of both Games 1 & 2, were forced to overtime in each case by a dramatic Chicago goal.

Phoenix Coyotes look to refocus away from home vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Throughout the regular season, road trips acted as a safe haven for the Coyotes.

Coyotes practice without injured players | Fox Sports Arizona
Coyotes' injury status uncertain as Hanzal, Smith, Korpikoski miss Monday practice.

Coyotes Recall Bolduc, Pouliot & Pogge from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Coyotes recall Alexandre Bolduc, Marc-Antoine Pouliot & Justin Pogge from Portland. Hopefully this is just precautionary, this isn't the time to have injured starters.

Delay on Shaw ruling an interesting turn - Chicago Blackhawks Blog - ESPN Chicago
Why hasn't the league announced its ruling after Andrew Shaw's hearing? They may be waiting to see if there is anything wrong with Smith.

Cause for concern? Mike Smith misses practice | ProHockeyTalk
Mike Smith, Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski were absent at practice? Dave Tippett is an excellent poker player.

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Ready for the Road - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
The Coyotes are ready to go to Chicago and play games 3 and 4. Dave Vest also takes a look at how some of the team is doing in the playoffs including Shane Doan, Antoine Vermette, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Raffi Torres, and Daymond Langkow.

Phoenix Coyotes must rally after Game 2 sucker-punch loss vs. Chicago Blackhawks
After a tough loss on Saturday the series sits tied 1-1, the Coyotes are going to need to rally back and win in Chicago.

News About Tonight’s Enemy

Jonathan Toews isn’t happy with how suspensions have been handled | ProHockeyTalk
The Shea Weber fine is having quite the effect on everyone.

Hawks goalie Corey Crawford says he’ll be ready if Coyotes try any funny business in - Chicago Sun-Times
OK tough guy...

News From Around the Hockey World

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Take Game Three With Huge 1-0 Win Over Senators - Blueshirt Banter
The Blueshirts inch closer to eliminating Kyle Turris and the Senators from the playoffs.

Bruins 4, Capitals 3: Chara Shines as Bruins Regain Series Lead - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Chara's slap shot is whikked retahded!

San Jose Sharks late comeback falls short as they lose 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues - Fear The Fin
The St. Louis Blues regain the home ice advantage.

Ilya Bryzgalov, like Marc-Andre Fleury, has been pretty bad in playoffs so far (video) | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Despite some lackluster goaltending Philadelphia continues to win with a strong offense that averages close to 7 goals a game.

Chimera apologizes to Marchand for spear to groin | ProHockeyTalk
Best reason to apologize ever? Best reason to apologize ever.

Giant Obama Head alert: Capitals fans are trolling Tim Thomas with White House stuff (PHOTOS) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Too bad this didn't work. The Capitals lost 4-3.

Daniel Sedin joins Canucks in Los Angeles; will he play in Game 4? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The way the Canucks have been playing if he isn't there for Game 4 he may not get to play during the post season.

The Final Howl

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