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Coyotes Tracks - October 20, 2011 - Afternoon Edition

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 18:  Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Jobing.com Arena on October 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Jobing.com Arena on October 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Coyotes hit the ice tonight at 7 pm. MST against the Los Angeles Kings. Mike Smith will be back minding the Coyotes net tonight.   We'll have a game thread up as usual.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes look to raise level of play - The Arizona Republic
Previewing tonight's contest.

Kings vs. Coyotes - 10/20/2011 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview
Dave Vest's game preview.

The Desert Dog Blog: Maloney Analyzes First Five Games - The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
Dave Vest interviews GMDM.

Dave Tippett - phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 10/20/2011
The coach spoke after this morning's pre-game skate.

Rostislav Klesla -phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 10/20/2011
Rusty speaks about the season to date and tonight's game against the Kings.

More links after the jump...

Coyotes Change Site of Morning Skate - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Fans should be happy about the change to the Ice Den.  

Coyotes to Celebrate Howl-O-Ween on Oct. 29 Versus L.A. - Phoenix Coyotes - News
When the Kings return to Glendale next week there will be trick or treating.

Pirates News

Pirates power past the Monarchs to earn first home win - Maine Hockey Journal
The Pirate get revenge for Saturday's loss.

Pirates turn on the switch - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
A big night for Andy Miele.

News From Around the Hockey World

NHL realignment: Three-conference system would provide creative solution to a geographic problem - NHL - Sporting News
Jesse Spector offers an out of the box suggestion.

Why the Avalanche are rolling along – USATODAY.com
Related to this week's Roundtable discussion about surprising teams around the league.

Dallas Stars' Kari Lehtonen Living Up To Elite Potential - Defending Big D
Unfortunately, this is actually the case.

The NHL Feeder Chain - Puck Worlds
Where NHL players come from.

The Final Howl

Corey Pronman from Hockey Prospectus offered up some ideas on how to change the North American hockey development system yesterday.   Links to his posts below.

From Daigle To Datsyuk: Changing The Development System, Part 1 - Hockey Prospectus

From Daigle To Datsyuk: Changing The Development System, Part 2 - Hockey Prospectus

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