Coyotes Tracks - May 4, 2012 - Happy Hour Hockey

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 02: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Game 4 of the Phoenix Coyotes' Western Conference Semi-Final Series with Nashville begins at 4:30 p.m. MST today and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network. Since the game starts early today, and you need to hurry up and get things done in order to leave work early, let's go straight to today's links.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes vs Predators Series News

Phoenix Coyotes aim to get back on track in Game 4 - The Arizona Republic
The Desert Dogs know they need to cut down on mistakes in order to win tonight.

Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres to appeal 25-game suspension - The Arizona Republic
Includes comments on the appeal process from Barbs, the team's union rep, as well as blurbs on Boyd Gordan's shot blocking insanity, and the Korpedo's status.

Battered Klesla plays on for Coyotes -
Rusty's face has taken a beating, but he has soldiered on.

Smith's puck play no issue; Coyotes prefer it - Fox Sports Arizona
Despite critics, Mike Smith's aggressive puck play won't change -- Coyotes don't want it to.

Setting aside the lineup decisions for Game Four or the rest of the Phoenix/Nashville series... - On the Forecheck
Dirk from OTF with with the question of the day video style.

Nashville Predators' Alexander Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn may sit out again - The Tennessean
It sounds like Barry Trotz is in no hurry to mess with the lineup that won game 3 for him.

Jordin Tootoo gives Nashville Predators extra edge - The Tennessean
Tootoo's physical play was an asset for the Preds in game 3.

Coyotes News

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs -- Phoenix Coyotes could be getting closer to a sale - ESPN
A deal to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix appears to be on the horizon, according to team president Mike Nealy.

B's owner Jacobs hopes Coyotes stay in place - Boston Bruins Blog - ESPN Boston
The Boston Bruins owner likenes the Coyotes situation to the Stars.

News From Around the Hockey World

Kings 4, Blues 2: Nothing a Gordie Howe hat trick can't fix - Jewels From The Crown
The Kings continued their domination of the Blues last night. They now lead the series 3-0.

New Jersey Devils Take Series Lead Over Philadelphia Flyers with Thrilling 4-3 OT Win - In Lou We Trust
Flyers struggling with Marc-Andre Fleury not playing in the opposing net.

Johnson named captain of U.S. team for Worlds - 2012 IIHF World Championship
Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson will lead Team USA at this year's World Championships.

Americans pull away from France for tournament-opening win - 2012 IIHF World Championship
Team USA won their opening game at the Worlds early this morning.

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Contenders - Puck Worlds
Bruce Peter sees defending champion and host Finland as the team to beat.

Why ESPN doesn’t cover hockey - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The real reason. Because they aren't a rights holder.

The Final Howl

What to do when your team plays like crap - The Active Stick

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