Coyotes Tracks - May 20th, 2012 - David Vs Kopitar

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings attempts to score in the second period of goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Three of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

More than one hockey pundits are thinking that the Phoenix Coyotes are going to get swept by the Los Angeles Kings this afternoon. These same pundits didn't think that the Coyotes could beat the Blackhawks or the Predators so we know how often they are right. The Coyotes need to take it one shift at a time this afternoon and if they get help from everyone and they stay focused they have a good chance to win the game. As we know a team is very dangerous when they are facing a sweep and when they are facing elimination and this afternoon the Coyotes will be facing both. It is cliche to say that you don't get anything for winning 3 games in the playoffs and later today the Desert Dogs are going to need to show the world why they say that.

There wasn't a lot of hockey news yesterday, the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils, but other than that there wasn't a lot of news. We do have a few links though and they are all after the jump.

Coyotes News

Coyotes looking to make Jonathan Quick’s job miserable in goal | ProHockeyTalk
I have no problem with the Coyotes making Quick's job and/or life a living hell tomorrow.

Are The Phoenix Coyotes Grasping At Straws Facing 3-0 Series Deficit Against The LA Kings? - Frozen Royalty
The Coyotes haven't found an answer to solve the Kings yet.

Likely bitter end shouldn't sour Coyotes' season - Fox Sports Arizona
Craig Morgan looks back at the Phoenix's season in anticipation of it ending very soon.

Phoenix Coyotes' offense a huge disappointment so far in series vs. Los Angeles Kings - The Arizona Republic
If it doesn't reappear on Sunday it won't have a chance to again until October at the earliest.

Coyotes' success inspires more kids to play ice hockey - azfamily.com Phoenix
This is the story behind the story of Coyotes fever sweeping the Valley.

Roenick: Coyotes must stick with Game 3 plan - Coyotes vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Finals
For the Coyotes to avoid getting swept , NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick said they have to find a way to take the positives out of another loss.

Can Phoenix do what Vancouver and St. Louis could not? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Its possible.

News About Tonight's Enemy

Stacking the Kings against other dominant teams | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Comparing the Kings fancy stats against some other teams.

Colin Fraser returns to practice for Los Angeles | ProHockeyTalk
Not sure who is the lesser of two evils him or Clifford.

Tale of the Tape: Kings vs. Coyotes | ProHockeyTalk
Breaking down Game 4 between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

NHL on NBC: Kings look to sweep Coyotes | ProHockeyTalk
Game 4 airs at noon Arizona time on NBC today.

Kings expect Martin Hanzal to make impact in return | ProHockeyTalk
Coyotes' big center returns after one-game suspension.

Los Angeles Kings are not used to this company - latimes.com
The trophy will be in the building today. No, not the big one.

News From Around the Hockey World

Evgeni Malkin’s hat trick puts Russia in World Championships gold medal game (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Russia will be playing for the gold medal in the World Championship.

Brandon Prust faces hearing for hit on Anton Volchenkov on Sunday | ProHockeyTalk
Does Prust deserve a suspension for the hit? Only Shanahan knows.

Brodeur on Rangers fans in NJ: "They are the ones with money, I guess" | ProHockeyTalk
Brodeur: "A lot of Rangers fans all over."

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: Each side's major sticking points in the upcoming CBA negotiations

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