Coyotes Tracks - May 10, 2012 - The Waiting (Is The Hardest Part)

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 09: Ray Whitney of the Phoenix Coyotes attends the MLB game between the St Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Today's Tracks were a tag team effort. Your Tracks BGM for the Day (courtesy of Ben).

During the the Rangers vs. Caps game last night, NBC Sports announced that the first game of the Western Conference Final could be viewed on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday (5/13) at 5 p.m. MST. There is still no offical word yet from the league or the team, but one would have to assume the broadcaster has their information right. The night time start should make it easy for fans to enjoy a leisurely Mother's Day brunch before heading over to the Job.

We have a slew of Coyotes links for you today including a couple about the scene at Chase Field yesterday.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Coyotes in D-Backs Gear? You Bet - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
This is just awesome.

Three Coyotes players drop in on D-backs' BP - dbacks.com
Shane Doan, MIke Smith, and Mikkel Boedker, among others dropped by Chase Field yesterday.

Phoenix Coyotes' blue line stepping up through adversity - The Arizona Republic
The blue line has been underrated by opposing fans/media throughout the season and playoffs.

Phoenix Coyotes trying to balance rest, preparation - The Arizona Republic
Notes on the break between series, the Korpedo, Klesla's suspension, and Coach Tippett thinks the boys night out hurt the Preds.

The Desert Dog Blog: Coyotes Shift Focus to Kings - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
In his latest blog, Dave Vest writes about what happened on Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena as the Coyotes started to prepare for the series with Kings.

Whitney marks 40 years with gift of perspective - FSAZ
Whitney keeps eyes on bigger prize after marking 40th birthday with trip to conference finals.

Kings-Coyotes: A rivalry in the making | Fox Sports Arizona
The Kings are just one playoff series away from being considered the true rivals of the Coyotes.

Tippett continues to bring success - LA Kings Insider
Word has gotten around.

Coyotes Need Fan Support To Survive - KuklasKorner
You don't say...

From deserted to the desert, Gilbert Brule finds happiness - The Star Phoenix
Some crazy things have happened to Gilbert Brule the last 12 months

Phoenix Coyotes Make Final sFor First Time Ever - NPR Media Player
Paola Boivin was on "All Things Considered" on Tuesday.

Coyotes spur expensive interest in youth hockey - KTAR.com
Local team makes a playoff run and interest in the sport increases. Who knew?

News About This Week's (eventual) Enemy

WCF: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings: The Regular Season Review - Five For Howling
Reviewing the regular season games between the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings before their Western Conference Finals match-up.

WCF: Phoenix Coyotes vs LA Kings: Goalies - Five For Howling
In what may be the ultimate goaltender contest Mike Smith will be facing off against Jonathon Quick as the Phoenix Coyotes battle against the Los Angeles Kings for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

How the Phoenix Coyotes could beat the Los Angeles Kings in the West Final - Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
Justin Bourne thinks if the Coyotes stick to the script they could get win the series.

Father or son headed to Cup Finals - LA Kings Insider
Kings/Coyotes connections include the Hextalls and the Wilsons.

You Decide: Which Western Conference Finalist goalie is better? - NHL.com
Mike Smith or Jonathon Quick Mike Smith?

Baker: The mystery of Jonathan Quick revealed - Goalie Insider
A look at the Coyotes next opponent Jonathan Quick. Apparently he likes hoodies and fantasy football.

Coyotes talk preparations for Kings - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Coach Dave Tippett, Keith Yandle, Mike Smith and Shane Doan discussed their preparations for the Western Conference finals.

Life In Hockeywood: L.A. Kings Blog • Podcast • Video: The Winter Classic IS coming to L.A.!
If Farmer's Field gets built a West Coast Winter Classic could be a reality.

Ownership Roundup

Ben on The Betrand Berry Show on 5/9/12 - Five For Howling
Ben talked about Tuesday's COG meeting.

NHL hopes Phoenix Coyotes sale to Jamison closes fast - The Arizona Republic
The council appears to want to have things wrapped up before they vote on the city's budget.

Glendale confident Jamison, Coyotes deal will avoid ballot vote - Phoenix Business Journal
Same story as usual, but clears up some of the confusion about a "public vote" that was going around.

City Council On The Rocks With A Little Twist Of Bitter | Coyotes Hip Check
Monique's take on the City Council meeting.

NHL playoffs 2012: With Coyotes announcement, Gary Bettman puts on a show for Phoenix | Sports | National Post
Our very own Travis Hair gets the last word in.

News From Around the Hockey World

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Drop Game Six 2-1; Off To Game 7...Again - Blueshirt Banter
Leaving Ovi wide open between the circles on a Power Play is a good way to dig a hole 90 seconds in.

Highlights from John Tortorella’s predictably feisty press conference | ProHockeyTalk
When Torts said "it sucked" about four-minute PP, he might a well have said it about the game.

Western Conference Final shows Bettman’s dream of a super-offensive league is dead | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Lambert on the the goal scoring decline in the last two years.

Kostitsyns join Belarus; Radulov to have surgery | The Score
Maybe Alexander Radulov wasn't playing bad because he was out late after all. He turned down the Team Russia invitation to undergo knee surgery.

Inside Smashville » An emotional Suter spoke about future with Predators
Will Ryan Suter be back in Nashville next season?

PHT List: Rating this year’s trade deadline acquisitions | ProHockeyTalk
A look at how some of the trades made this season turned out, including one Antoine Vermette.

Why Philadelphia fans are suing Flyers over Winter Classic ticket policy | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Some Flyers fans are upset at the way Philadelphia handled selling tickets for the Winter Classic and they are suing the team.

The Final Howl

Not the best-conceived or best-executed cartoon, but whatever the punchline still works. :) - Battle of California

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