Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Arizona or Alberta?

MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: A cactus is seen in the foreground as snow covers the first hole tee as play was suspended due to weather during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain. - Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Wednesday, snow fell throughout the state making their longest break of the season seem a bit like a winter holiday and should get the team ready for what they will see in Alberta & British Columbia this coming weekend. Even though the team doesn't play until Saturday afternoon we've got a number of Dogs links today, along with news of a new goalie in Gwinnett, Lindy Ruff getting pink slipped, last night's games in the NHL, a fancy stats Final Howl, and more.

Coyotes News

Coyotes Roundtable: Taking A Break - Five For Howling
Phoenix Coyotes radio host Luke Lapinski joins two members of the Five for Howling staff to discuss where things stand with the team 1/3 of the way into the NHL season.

Lombardi eager to find his place with Coyotes - Fox Sports Arizona
Matthew Lombardi is ready to come back from injury this weekend.

McConnell's Blog: Thoughts After First Third of the Season - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The team's TV announcer gives his thoughts on the team.

Coyotes TV Ratings Off to a Great Start – Best in 12 Years - Fox Sports Arizona
The good news continues to roll in for the franchise.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith says team is finding groove - ArizonaSports.com
Phoenix's starter spoke with KTAR's Doug Burns & Ron Wolfley on Wednesday.

Dave Tippett calls break a double-edged sword - ArizonaSports.com
Rest vs. Rust.

top25feb2013.pdf - The Goalie Guild
High praise for Chad Johnson.

Pirates News

Top 25 Goalie Prospects - The Goalie Guild
High praise for Chad Johnson.

Gladiators News

Gladiators trade for goalie from Las Vegas - Gwinnett Daily Post
With Mike Lee and Louis Domingue in Portland the Glads needed help in goal.

Manchester Phoenix News

Table Charge Continues With Win Over Phoenix - Guildford Flames Ice Hockey Club
An ugly Wednesday evening for the Phoenix as their flickering title hopes were likely extinguished.

Tony Hand eager for Manchester Phoenix to rise again - Manchester Evening News
Quotes from the man in charge and talk about his job with GB hockey.

Manchester Phoenix trio head to Estonia with GB sledge hockey team - Cheshire Today
Tony Hand isn't the only Phoenix related player doing national team business.

News From Around the Hockey World

Kings-Flames Recap: LA Goes Back-to-Back in Alberta With a Convincing 3-1 Win Against Calgary - Jewels From The Crown
Hopefully the Coyotes will be doing the same soon.

Avs play full 60+ mins, shutout Blues 1-0, Game 15 Recap - Mile High Hockey
Not exactly the rivalry NBCSN hyped it up to be.

Flyers vs. Penguins recap: Jake! Flyers get the last laugh, win 6-5 - Broad Street Hockey
Crazy night in Pittsburgh!

Lindy Ruff Fired: What Does This Mean For The Sabres Franchise? - Die By The Blade
After 16 years Ruff finally gets to feel how his colleagues have felt all these years.

ESPN says their NHL coverage doesn't deserve your criticism - SBNation.com
And they would be wrong.

Alex Ovechkin isn’t washed up, contrary to what his critics say - The Washington Post
Ovi may be overpaid, but he's not turning into Alexander Daigle.

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen suspended one game for roughing - NHL.com - News
Shanny's explanation. No, he doesn't say it's because his name isn't Raffi.

The Final Howl

Using Zone Entry Data To Separate Offensive, Neutral, And Defensive Zone Performance
Excellent research done by 4 people, including three who write for SB Nation.

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