Coyotes Tracks - April 19th, 2012 - Game 4 Pregame Tracks

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Your Phoenix Coyotes take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in game four. The media has been abuzz with Raffi Torres suspension news, frankly we haven't seen his name mentioned this much nationally since this incident. Back to the business at hand, the Coyotes will need to continue their physical play to get the job done tonight. Look for Shane Doan, Kyle Chipchura, and Paul Bissonnette to make their presence known on the ice. Catch the game at the Ice den's 18 degrees or on FSAZ+ from the comfort of your family room and join us back here tonight for our game day thread.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Received Several Clutch Performances in Game 3 - The Desert Dog Blog
In his latest blog, Dave Vest writes about several under-the-radar clutch performances in Game 3 for the Coyotes.

CISCO NHL Live - Mikkel Boedker Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker joins CISCO NHL Live.

04/18/2012 - Player Interviews Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The players talk about playoff hockey.

Coyotes Recall Watkins from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Matt Watkins is likely a replacement for Raffi Torres until his suspension is up.

Doan: Players trying to find learning curve in evolving NHL - ArizonaSports.com
What was once a legal hit is now illegal.

Coyotes GM: "You would think Raffi murdered a bus load of children" - ProHockeyTalk
To be honest we all know this to be true the home media protects the team, Tippett and Maloney are just reminding us.

Coyotes' Torres suspended indefinitely, disciplinary hearing set for Friday - NHL.com
Phoenix forward Raffi Torres will have in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety at the League office in New York on Friday and he has been suspended indefinitely until then.

Tyson Nash received death threats for saying Torres’ hit on Hossa was clean - ProHockeyTalk
Wow maybe if PHT didn't run an article initially failing to write that Nash took back what he said after he reviewed the play this may not have happened.

Coyotes shrug at Raffi Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa - Chicago Sun-Times
‘‘It’s a high-paced contact sport,’’ Coyotes veteran Ray Whitney explained. ‘‘If you don’t want to get hit and you don’t want to get hurt, there are other sports you can play."

Cost of a big hit | mc79hockey.com
If you knew nothing about Raffi Torres except what you’ve read today, you’d probably think he was history’s greatest monster.

News About Tonight’s Enemy

Coyotes-Blackhawks turning into battle of attrition - NHL.com
With injuries and suspensions depleting rosters, the team with the most depth in this series may find itself with the advantage moving forward.

Video: Previews for tonight’s four games | ProHockeyTalk
Jeremy Roenick takes a look at Coyotes-Hawks and more.

News From Around the Hockey World

First week of playoffs spawns eight great storylines - NHL.com
With about a month's worth of playoff action packed into seven days, the first week of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was one for the record books.

Canucks At Kings Game Four Recap ; One (3-1W) - Nucks Misconduct
Canucks avoid the sweep.

Senators Overcome 2-goal Deficit, Defeat Rangers 3-2 in OT - Silver Seven
Ottawa Senators Defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Overtime... Stupid Turris.

Sweep Deez- Pens explode for 10 goals in huge Game 4 win over Philadelphia - PensBurgh
The Penguins absolutely thump the Flyers in game 4, 10-3. In a "do or die" setting, the Pens definitely chose option 1.

The Final Howl


Hot Hockey Players - Hottest NHL Hockey Players 2012 - Cosmopolitan

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