Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - playoffs!

Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Kiss your loved ones goodbye for a couple of months, as the NHL postseason is about to begin! More on that in today's Tracks.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes will pick 12th overall in 2014 NHL Draft - Five For Howling
With a record of 37-30-15, the Phoenix Coyotes will have the 12th overall pick in June's NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.

Earlier than expected off-season gives Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan time to rest - azcentral.com
One of the few upsides of an early off-season that the Coyotes can identify is extra time for captain Shane Doan to rest up.

NHL insider Barry Melrose surprised Phoenix Coyotes didn't make playoffs - ArizonaSports.com
"You're not going to be in the playoffs if your best players are not great".

All Leagues Leaderboard | 2014 Bracket Challenge
Join the Five For Howling Playoff Bracket Challenge!

Pirates News

Pirates season finale moved from Lewiston to Saco | The Kennebec Journal
After a scheduling standoff with the Kora Shrine Circus, the team opts to play it out at the 400-seat MHG Ice Centre in Saco.

News From Around the Hockey World

NHL Playoffs: Breaking down the first round | FOX Sports on MSN
Craig Morgan makes his predictions.

NHL playoff predictions: Who will hoist the Stanley Cup in 2014? - SBNation.com
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us. It's time to sit back, look at the field, and try to figure out who's going to win the thing.

2014 NHL Playoffs: Jonas Hiller Likely to Sit, Dallas Stars Could See Frederik Andersen in Anaheim Net - Defending Big D
Dallas' starter is not exactly a mystery, but the Ducks have options they're considering.

Stars @ Ducks Game 1 Preview: So it begins.... - Anaheim Calling
There's no ice like home ice.

Stamkos before and after: how is he doing since his return? - Raw Charge
Answer: he's still really freaking good.

Canadiens playoffs 2014: Habs vs Lightning series preview - Eyes On The Prize
For the second time in their histories, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning will face off in the playoffs.

Blue Jackets vs. Penguins - Comparing The Offenses - The Cannon
As the Blue Jackets gear up to face the Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we endeavor to compare the two teams as completely as possible.

Pensburgh staff playoff predictions - PensBurgh
We gaze into our crystal balls (heh) and predict the bracket of the 2014 NHL playoffs. How far do we see the Pittsburgh Penguins going?

NHL.com - Mason joins Flyers for practice, uncertain for Game 1 - Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round
If he can't go, Ray Emery is the guy for Philadelphia.

On Andrew MacDonald, the neutral zone, and where opinions may vary - Broad Street Hockey
After watching Andrew MacDonald for 19 games, he appears to be pretty good in his own end. And yet, his possession numbers are poor. What's causing the discrepancy between the eyes and the stats? I think the answer is in the neutral zone.

Better Know a King: Marian Gaborik - Fear The Fin
In this series of posts, we'll be looking at some of the lesser-known - but still important - Kings who could be a factor.

‘A lot of nights it was hard to watch,’ says Sabres GM Murray | ProHockeyTalk
It was a tough season in Buffalo.

Panthers win! Panthers win! The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery that is... - Litter Box Cats
Panthers jump the Sabres to grab the top spot at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

The Final Howl

Hockey Hugs: Marty St. Louis is scared; Blue Jackets float through life | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

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