Coyotes Tracks - May 1, 2012 - May Day, For The Preds?

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators stands on the bench with Mike Fisher #12, Martin Erat #10 and Hal Gill #75 in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Interesting news out of the Predators organization today, Alex Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn have been reported to have violated team rules and won’t play in game 3. While many would argue these two didn't show up Sunday anyways, some fresh desperate troops may be just the spark Nashville needs to turn the tide in game 3. The Coyotes will need to exploit the Preds shuffled lines early, and keep them chasing the game and the series.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Are Turning Heads - Phoenix Coyotes
In his latest blog, Dave Vest writes about how the Coyotes are turning heads with six wins already in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs: Shane Doan, Mike Fisher connected by more than hockey - ESPN
Shane Doan and Mike Fisher may have put their friendship on hold during the Coyotes-Predators series, but they are still proud to discuss their faith.

It's OK to dream big, even if Coyotes aren't - Fox Sports AZ
With 2-0 series lead, it's OK for fans to start thinking big, even if grounded Coyotes aren't.

Vermette Thriving in the Desert - Phoenix Coyotes
Antoine Vermette's arrival in the desert gave the Coyotes the slick, play-making centerman they were lacking, and it's paying off for both parties.

Vermette has been "good fit" in Phoenix - ProHockeyTalk
And that's an understatement.

Could Mike Smith be Canada’s next Olympic goalie? - ProHockeyTalk
If he keeps playing like he did this season I would be surprised if he wasn't.

Coyotes Sign Defenseman Mark Louis to a One-Year Contract - Phoenix Coyotes
Look another young defenseman in the system.

Predators News

Breaking: Preds drop Radulov, Kostitsyn from Game 3 lineup for rule violations - ProHockeyTalk
Huge development prior to Wednesday's tilt in Nashville.

Nashville Predators say they'll recommit to defense against Phoenix Coyotes - AZCentral
In two games, Nashville has surrendered nine goals, the same number it allowed in the entire Detroit series.

I Would Walk 1,000 Miles Just to Be the One Who Gets to Yell At You. Lovingly. - Predlines
If you're a student of the game, or someone who wants to learn what happened, or just a hockey masochist, this will find you well.

News From Around the Hockey World

Recap: Caps 3, Rangers 2 - Japers' Rink
The Caps even up their series against the Rangers thanks to a late power play goal by Alex Ovechkin.

Los Angeles Kings at St Louis Blues Game Recap -
Anze Kopitar scored twice and Dustin Brown piled up three assists, as the Kings used a four-goal first period to defeat the Blues 5-2 Monday. Los Angeles now has a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinal series.

Kings take 2-0 series lead over Blues with 20 great minutes - St. Louis Game Time
See how Gallagher got drunk last night.

Your Handy Dandy Guide to NHL Suspensions - St. Louis Game Time
Ever wonder how Brendan Shanahan comes up with his suspensions? The method behind the madness.

On Parity | Backhand Shelf -
What, you mean you can't buy championships?

The Final Howl

Jaromir Jagr’s "playoff beard" is…the state flag of Arizona upside-down? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
It is an "interesting" beard. Not really sure what else about it.

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