Coyotes Tracks - May 2, 2012 - Taking Command

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Boyd Gordon #15 of the Phoenix Coyotes battles for a loose puck with Nick Spaling #13 of the Nashville Predators in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes take to the ice tonight with plans to put their hosts into a huge hole. Phoenix can grab a 3-0 series lead with a win in Music City this evening. The game can be viewed on the CNBC at 6p.m. MST. If you prefer to watch the game in the company of other Coyotes fans, the team is throwing viewing parties for tonight's and Friday's game at the Ice Den. Also, drop in for out Game Day Thread (GDT) which drops at 5 p.m. MST.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes vs. Predators Series

WCSF: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators: Take The Show On The Road - Five For Howling
A preview of tonight's contest.

Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov suspended for Game 3 of Nashville vs. Phoenix - On the Forecheck
The allure of the Scottsdale nightlife apparently overwhelmed sound judgement.

Alexander Radulov/Andrei Kostitsyn Suspension: The Real Story - Five For Howling
The Dude crossed paths with the Preds on Saturday night.

Phoenix Coyotes downplay Nashville Predators' suspensions of Aexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn - The Arizona Republic
The Yotes are more worried about their own play than Preds lineup.

Phoenix Coyotes look to take stranglehold on series vs. Nashville Predators - The Arizona Republic
How and why the Coyotes are up 2-0.

Coyotes offense gets boost from defense - Fox Sports Arizona
Tyler Lockman talks Coyotes D, being on the road, and the Prime Line.

Off The Post: Five Reasons Coyotes lead Preds 2-0 - OFF THE POST - A Blog by Luke Lapinski
Luke Lapinski blogs about why the Yotes are up 2-0 in the series.

Phoenix Coyotes get steal of a deal in Antoine Vermette - The Arizona Republic
Paola Boivin looks back at the trade with Columbus that brought the center to Phoenix.

Radulov & Kostitsyn suspended: Is this Nashville's Goose Loonies? - On the Forecheck
Dirk compares yesterday's suspension to a similar event back in the 80's.

The View from 111: The Leadership Challenge
The team's leaders need to rally the troops. (Or Not)

Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn, and the inner-workings of pro curfew - Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
On team rules and being a professional.

Nashville Predators skate into familiar territory - The Tennessean
The Club from Tennessee has ben down 0-2 twice before in its history. It lost both series.

Nashville Predators lead the league in correct ethical decisions - The Tennessean | tennessean.com
David Climer believes the franchise made the right decision in suspending Kostitsyn and Radulov.

05/01/2012 - Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Coach Dave Tippett's Presser after Tuesday's practice.

Coyotes News

Coyotes sign Louis to one-year deal - Maine Hockey Journal
This news got buried on Monday amid the celebration of Phoenix winning game two.

The Coyotes Coalition: Coalition Update: City of Glendale Website
Heather writes about the city's new site.

Top 10 Finnish Forwards - Hockey's Future
The Yotes Alexander Ruuttu comes in at #9.

News From Around the Hockey World

Canadiens name Bergevin new GM - chicagotribune.com
The Habs are expected to name the former Blackhawks defensemen and current assistant GM their new general manager later today.

New Jersey Devils Decisively Defeat Philadelphia Flyers with Four Third Period Goals in 4-1 Win - In Lou We Trust
The Devils tied up their series with Philly last night.

2012 IIHF World Championships: The Pretenders - Puck Worlds
This group includes the U.S.

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Longshots - Puck Worlds
Bruce Peter takes a look at the teams who will likely be cannon fodder.

Systems Analyst: Bad identification on a re-group and a talented offensive play equals Rangers goal -Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
The Caps did a whole lot wrong on this play.

Evgeny Kuznetsov Announces His Decision To Stay In Russia - Russian Machine Never Breaks
The 2012-13 will be the millionth year in a row with no true 2nd line center in D.C.

Advanced Stats Primer: Or, what we know and how we know it - Raw Charge
Excellent intro for newbies on advanced hockey stats a.k.a. Mr. Hair's favorite subject.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: A look at the nominees for the NHL's annual awards

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