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Coyote Tracks - Whiteout Tuesday April 13 Edition

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Ok, seriously, I could make this entire links post about the phenom that was #ThrowTheSnake.  I will highlight the best posts after the jump including video in Canada, and serious attention from the hockey blogosphere.  If there ever was a reason for hockey fans to be on Twitter, #ThrowTheSnake was it.

But, let's be honest, we have a playoff series upcoming against one of our least favorite teams.  A team that has been so spoiled by the last 10 years of success (over 100 points in each year and multiple Stanley Cups), that they've forgotten what it's like to be an underdog...or just bad.  Like those teams from the 80s and early 90s.  The bandwwagon "fans" of the Red Wings have merged right in with the real deal, and they do love to invade Arena and harrass Coyotes fans...or just send annoying emails to Travis.

Well, the Red Wings are getting much love from the pundits, what with their depth of experiences in the playoffs (we'll ignore the all too recent flameouts against Anaheim and Edmonton), and their stellar play post-Olympics.  And we are going to have a fabulous series in my opinion.  Let's just keep it clean and make sure that nobody gets hurt...

After the jump, playoff predictions start to roll in, Tiki returns from Russia, and a recap of one of the most active days in Five For Howling history...

First, Prediction Central:

NHL Playoff Predictions: The Western Conference
In part one of the 2010 NHL playoff preview, here is a look at all of the Western Conference match-ups, and who is favored to win.

Western Conference quarterfinal matchup: No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings - Craig Custance - NHL - Sporting News

First-round breakdown: Phoenix Coyotes versus Detroit Red Wings - ESPN
The Hollywood scripts says Phoenix, but reality says the Big Red Machine. Detroit, the hottest team in hockey since the Olympic break, isn't going down in the playoffs this early.

NHL playoffs 2010 - Timo Seppa: A guide to goalies in first-round matchups - ESPN
Timo Seppa of Puck Prospectus analyzes the first-round goalie matchups of the 2010 NHL playoffs using a heat index formula. The good? Quite possibly Jaroslav Halak, even against a loaded Capitals team. The bad? Maybe Martin Brodeur. (Yes.)

Now, a recap of #ThrowTheSnake:

As an aside, probably solely related to #ThrowTheSnake, this site had an incredible traffic day yesterday with almost 4,000 visits and over 6,750 page views.  We hope people will keep coming back for all your Coyotes news and notes...we'll be here.

Detroit Fans Throw Octopi, But Will Coyotes Fans Throw The Snake? - SB Nation
Here is the brief history of how it came to be...

Twitter / Search - #ThrowTheSnake
Here, is what it became on Twitter...

#ThrowtheSnake poisons Twitter's puck talk - ProHockeyTalk - Hockey - NBC Sports

A few tips if #ThrowTheSnake becomes a reality - ProHockeyTalk - Hockey - NBC Sports

Coyotes ignore fan deluge of plastic playoff snakes at own peril - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
When it truly became epic, Travis even gave an interview with Puck Daddy...

YouTube - #throwthesnake gets on TV
Unbelievable - the Canadian media gets in on the act...

Travis' wife supports the movement...

But in the end, the Coyotes have likely put the kibosh on any snake throwing...

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey on AZ Vibe " The Coyotes and their fans need to take a step back with this ‘Snakes’ thing
And AZVibe has a quite sensible take on everything as well.  Everyone needs to take a step back.  As I raised in the comments on Travis' articles linked to above, if fans want to email the Coyotes and seek a solution, there's a draft email to the marketing department provided.  I doubt they are going to budge, and in that case we need to just move on.  Bringing the snakes as "rally snakes" and waving them over our heads after goals could work...finding something completely new to do in the next 36 hours might also be a solution.  Regardless of what happens, wear white, and get ready to be loud...and be passionate.  Because in the end, that's what #ThrowTheSnake was really all about, our passion for the Coyotes.  So let's channel that into giving the boys on the ice the extra energy they need to take it to the Wings on Wednesday, ok?

Future Coyotes Owners: blogs - Brahm Resnik blog - Brahm1700 - Ice Edge fights for an edge
The Ice Edge group is seeking any kind of edge it can get in these last hours before the Glendale City Council vote Tuesday on memoranda of understanding with Ice Edge and Jerry Reinsdorf, the two potential buyers of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Things that didn’t quite make it in the Ice Edge Holdings’ and Reinsdorf’s memorandums with the City of Glendale | - All Sports. All Phoenix.
Ok, this is just some early whimsy...


Phoenix Coyotes' Viktor Tikhonov regains his step after visit to Russia
Viktor Tikhonov went to Russia's Kontinental Hockey League to prove he belonged with the Coyotes.  A real nice article from Sarah McClellan on my favorite Russian Coyote who appears to be younger than Justin Bieber.

Underdogs…..Faith…….Yandleface " The Good, The Bad, The Coyotes
YotesGurl and I agree wholeheartedly...I want a Keith Yandle ^5...I already got my Yandle jersey ready for the whiteout...

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey on AZ Vibe " NHL News for the week – NHL Goal of the year?
Here's your NHL News for the week. First off you all have to see this simply amazing goal by Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks

SB Nation's Hockey Bloggers Pick The 2010 NHL Awards - SB Nation
Writers at SB Nation's 30-plus hockey blogs have weighed in with nominees from each team for the 2010 NHL Awards. Who should head home with the hardware?

And, as if #ThrowTheSnake wasn't enough whimsy...

online video - channel 12 news video - arizona republic video - phoenix video
Ilya Bryzgalov on 12 News...fantastic stuff here.