Coyotes Tracks - May 9, 2012 - Playing The Waiting Game

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: The Phoenix Coyotes celebrate around goaltender Mike Smith #41 after defeating the Nashville Predators following Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1 to win the series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings continue to await the end of the playoff series in the East, so they can find out when they play one another. The New Jersey Devils did their best to help the cause by finishing off the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Now the only series left to be decided is one the between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. Game 6 of their series is tonight at 4:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.

In today's Tracks we've got links to several articles on yesterday's birthday boy Ray Whitney, how the Coyotes and Kings rosters were built, and interviews with GMDM and Dave Tippett, plus many more links to fascinating compositions.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

The Construction of the 2011-2012 Phoenix Coyotes - Five For Howling
How Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney built the team's current roster.

Whitney marks 40 years with gift of perspective - Fox Sports Arizona
Includes excellent quotes on the Yotes playoff run from the Wizard himself.

Coyotes’ Whitney has come a long way since gig 24 years ago as Oilers stick boy
The Wizard turned 40 yesterday.

Coyotes' Vermette enjoying the playoff heat - Calgary Herald
It's nice not to be a Blue Jacket this time of the year.

Phoenix Coyotes continue to follow February blueprint to success - The Arizona Republic
A look back at the streak that propelled the team into playoff position.

History of the Rosters: Western Conference Finals - Fear The Fin
SB Nation's Sharks sites takes a peak at the roster history of their two division rivals.

Western Conference finals preview: Phoenix Coyotes versus Los Angeles Kings - ESPN
ESPN previews the series, picking the Kings to win it. And we all know that ESPN hasn't been wrong yet.

A Look Back at Coyotes vs. Kings in 2011-12 - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
After finishing off the Predators, the Coyotes will now prepare to face the Kings, who swept the Blues in the Western Conference Finals.

First look: Kings and Coyotes expect defensive series - latimes.com
Kings beat writer Lisa Dillman take an early look at the series between division rivals.

How Stanley Cup Champions Were Built In the Cap Era: Info-Graphic Fun - Jewels From The Crown
Links to a graphic on salaries and prior year AHL affiliate performances of the post lockout Cup winners.

Shannon on Coyotes: Right man for the job - sportsnet.ca
Although there are plenty of hurdles to overcome, potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison is the best candidate to make hockey work in Phoenix.

Don Maloney on XM Home Ice
GMDM talks about Mike Smith and his play of late.

CISCO NHL Live - Dave Tippett Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes head coach joined Bill Pdto, E.J. Hradek, and Doug Weight yesterday afternoon to talk about the playoffs.

Confessions of a bandwagon Coyotes fan - ArizonaSports.com
The more the merrier.

McConnell's Blog: 'Business As Usual' Continues for Coyotes - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The Coyotes TV voice talks about how focused the franchise has been.

Grange Is The New Shoalts - GregDunaway.com
Greg continues to play whack a mole with terrible sports writers.

News From Around the Hockey World

No, Gary Bettman Will Not Award Stanley Cup To Himself - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Because as we all know the team captain accepts the Cup. Best sport, trophy, and ceremony.

New Jersey Devils Eliminate Philadelphia Flyers in Five Games with 3-1 Win - In Lou We Trust
The Devils finished off a Flyers team that for most of the series looked spent after their emotional series with the Pens.

16 reasons why the 2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers season was great - Broad Street Hockey
Travis forgot #17 -They are out of the playoffs. (Sorry Jordan).

Craig Smith joins Team USA for World Championships - On the Forecheck
The Coyotes were just doing their part to help Team U.S.A. by beating the Preds.

The Final Howl

Down Goes Brown: Some positive thinking for Canada's NHL teams

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