Coyotes Tracks - March 6th, 2012 - Slow Weekend Edition

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 04: Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators collides with Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four 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)

Tomorrow night is going to be a big night for the Phoenix Coyotes. They have the potential beat the Nashville Predators at home and advance to the Western Conference Finals. If they win they will be playing against either the Las Angeles Kings or the St. Louis Blues, although right now odds are they are going to be playing against the Kings. As fans we have the benefit of being allowed thinking ahead to the next round, the boys on the other hand are going to need to stay focused on the task at hand, as we learned last series teams do not like to get eliminated from the finals and they will fight to avoid it at all costs. For a little piece of added adversity, Rostislav Klesla will be having a meeting with the NHL later today to discuss his boarding of Matt Halischuk, and could possibly be suspended. The Coyotes really seem to love hockey the hard way.

In today's tracks we have some Coyotes news, a little news from the World Championship, news about tomorrows opponent, and news from the hockey world.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes resting up for Game 5 vs. Nashville Predators | AZ Central
The Coyotes are resting up and hoping to play their best game Monday.

Coyotes one win away from Conference Finals - Coyotes vs Predators - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals
The last time the franchise played a game this late it was the final game of the World Hockey Association when they beat the Edmonton Oilers for the Avco Cup back in 79.

Time to put Phoenix-Los Angeles rivalry on ice? | AZ Central
Phoenix and LA dislike each other, and it looks like Bob Young is trying to use that to get a couple of basketball fans to hop on the Coyotes Bandwagon.

Shane Doan and the Coyotes are on the cusp of the West final and maybe the Stanley Cup - Yahoo! Sports
Doan has a very close friendship with head equipment manager Stan Wilson. They are two constants in the Coyotes franchise dating all the way back to the Winnipeg years.

Klesla to meet with NHL over his shove on Halischuk | ProHockeyTalk
Klesla may have to sit out Game 5, but hopefully not.

Goldwater Institute wins 'small victory' in Phoenix Coyotes case
Goldwater Institute wins 'small victory' in Phoenix Coyotes case, Glendale and the Goldwater Institute have battled over Phoenix Coyotes records since 2009.

Emotionally Distraught: A Jumble of Joy and Sorrow - Predlines - A Nashville Predators blog
A look at the goals scored in Game 3, something we would all like to forget.

News About Tonight's Enemy

Trotz: "High possibility" Radulov and Kostitsyn return for Game 5 | ProHockeyTalk
With the punishments being handed out and the Preds down 3-1, perhaps time has been served.

Inside Smashville " The morning after: Predators, on the brink of elimination, need fast starts moving forward
The Predators are likely going to be looking to change aspects of their game in preparation for Game 5, where they face elimination.

News From Around the Hockey World

Recap: Capitals 3, Rangers 2 - Japers' Rink
The series is now tied 2-2.

Report: Alex Ovechkin won’t face a hearing for Dan Girardi hit | ProHockeyTalk
And yet Klesla will be facing a hearing for his boarding. Neither was right, but its kinda ridiculous that one faces suspension but the other doesn't.

Conn Smythe candidates for each remaining team | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
A look at the current Conn Smythe candidates from the remaining teams.

Racist tweets about Joel Ward lead to student punishment in New England | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
People are being punished for the stupid things they said on Twitter after Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal against the Bruins.

Can anybody beat the Los Angeles Kings? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
The LA Kings have been amazing, beating teams that were favorites to win the Western Conference.

Jack Johnson gives Team USA a 5-4 overtime win over Canada at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
USA! USA!

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: 2012 World Championships preview

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