APR 7, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Pheonix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) carries the puck behind the Coyotes net i the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
The NHL Quarterfinal Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule was announced on Sunday. The Phoenix Coyotes will play their first game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Glendale. We've got plenty of series tidbits and previews for you today along with links to the festivities on Saturday night/Sunday morning at Cutter Aviation, and the usual assortment of links from around the world of puck. Also, check out a playoff contest one of our sister SB Nation blogs in running today's Final Howl.
Links after the jump...
Blackhawks vs. Coyotes Series
Quick look at the Coyotes-Blackhawks playoff matchup - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan breaks down the match-up.
First-round preview: Phoenix Coyotes versus Chicago Blackhawks - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun previews the series.
Finally atop division, Coyotes must overcome Hawks - Head to Head Stanley Cup Playoffs Series Previews
NHL.com's preview of the series.
04/08/2012 Preview: Blackhawks vs Coyotes Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Thge NHL Tonight crew previewed the series on Sunday. EJ Hradek and former Coyote Mike Johnson pick the Yotes to win the series.
Prediction: Coyotes in 6 over Blackhawks - azcentral.com blogs - Ice Chips - JimGintonio
Gintonio thinks Dave Tippett should win the Jacks Adams award as well.
Video: GM Don Maloney talks Coyotes - Channel 12 News
GMDM was on 12 Sports tonight on Sunday.
Hawks - Coyotes first-round expectations - CSN Chicago
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Meyers looks at the major storylines.
Blackhawks open playoffs Thursday on road vs. Phoenix Coyotes - chicagotribune.com
Hawks beat writer Chris Kuc takes a look at the Desert Dogs.
Coyotes clinch division; good for business - CBS 5 - KPHO
Westgate being packed with hockey fans is a good thing.
Coyotes fan Sveum put in awkward spot - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN Chicago
Cubs manager Dale Sveum used to have season tickets.
Video: Coyotes fans show up in force to greet Pacific champs at airport - CBSSports
"But don't ever mistake that for them not having good fans."
Welcome Home Coyotes - YouTube
Video from FS Arizona producer Graham Taylor.
VID-20120408-00021 - YouTube
Todd Walsh's cell phone video from the team's return home.
Pacific Division Winners Coyotes Greeted By Hundreds Of Their Fans - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog
Jack Brewer on the scene at Cutter Aviation when the Yotes returned home.
Coyotes greeted at airport by fans - ArizonaSports.com
Photo slide show from late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
NHL must grant payment plan - The Arizona Republic
The Republic's editorial board weighs in on the NHL ownership/Glendale payment issue.
Pirates grind out victory against Worcester - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland tied Manchester for 8th place setting up Tuesday's game as the biggest one this season.
Gladiators eliminated in double overtime - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads had no luck in OT again on Sunday. They lost their series to the South Carolina Stingrays 3 games to 1.
News From Around the Hockey World
Your 2012 NHL Playoff Bandwagon Guide - The Active Stick
Laura's a Habs fan so its not hard to guess which team she skipped over.
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Quarterfinals Schedule - NHL.com - The Stanley Cup
Dates, times, and national TV information for all the first round series.
Recalling The Rocket's Greatest Goal - Habs Eyes On The Prize
50 years ago Sunday Maurice Richard scored the series clinching goal against the Boston Bruins.
You Know It's Spring When Octopus Are On The Ice - NHL History Girl
Jen Conway on the tradition Coyotes' fans don't have to worry about in the 1st round this year.
A final statistical look at 2011-12 regular season - NHL.com - Inside the Numbers
A trip down 'recent' memory lane.
Streaking thru the AHL: 25 and counting for the Norfolk Admirals - Raw Charge
Can Norfolk go 16-0 in the Calder Cup playoffs as well? Doubtful. Then again who thought they'd win 25 in a row.
The Final Howl
2012 FHS Playoff Pool - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Our friends over at FHS are doing a pool and it is free. Check it out.
Become a fan of Five For Howling on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (Five For Howling - @Five4Howling, Travis - @NewTravisHair, Jordan - @JordanEllel, Carl - @CP2Devil, Ben - @BenShroyer, Ally - @allyblogsworld, Valerie - @SunDogGirlAZ, The Dude - @CoyotesDude), or subscribe to the RSS feed. Email us by clicking the envelope icons at the bottom of the page.