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Coyotes Tracks - January 21, 2012 - Another Chance At Redemption

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Coming off back to back loses and a day to rest up the Phoenix Coyotes will be taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Yotes have definitely been doing better on home ice than they had earlier in the season, check back later for pregame coverage and of course the game day thread. For the other side of the coin you can always swing over to Raw Charge and get the perspective from Tampa Bay.

Also I encourage anyone who doesn't to listen to this week's Puck Podcast. Its a great place to get news from around the NHL and this should be my first week as a fan correspondent, I'll be pimping The Coyotes and this site. The podcast will be available after this gets posted, I'll post a link in the comments below.

Coyotes Coverage

01/20/2012 Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The coach's comments from his presser on Friday.

Smith eager to face friends |
Smith is going to be playing against his former team today. Hopefully he has no objection to beating them because that's what they Coyotes need.

At least netminding is solid in Phoenix - The Globe and Mail
Article about Mike Smith's goaltending abilities, which of course for some reason includes some information about the Coyotes ownership issues.

Phoenix Coyotes' Gilbert Brule hoping change of scenery pays off
Brule is getting some media attention and its no mystery why with 2 goals and an assist in his last 3 games.

Woe Is Mike Smith! - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Katie Baker on the Coyotes tender's theatrical saves lately.

Coyotes Recall Goncharov from AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Gonch gets the call again. This time while on suspension in the AHL.

Pirates News

Pirates continue climb, upend Falcons | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The Pirates seem to be doing good, winning four of their last five games. Patrick O'Sullivan, Cal O'Reilly and David Rundblad all appear to be doing well, with POS and Rundblad getting goals in the game.

Gladiators News

Gladiators get boost from Bendickson on weekends - Gwinnett Daily Post
Aaron Bendickson works a 9-5 job and plays pro hockey on the weekends.

Gladiators deal Vock, Strathman to Utah - Gwinnett Daily Post
The moves complete the Igor Gongalsky trade from earlier in the season.

News from Around the NHL

Weather delays Panthers-Blackhawks game | ProHockeyTalk
Times like this I'm glad I live in Arizona.

Stillman signs purchase agreement to buy Blues
One ownership issue resolved. I'm sure Coyotes fans are hoping for the resolution of another one shortly.

Worst Sabres team in a decade? This year's team is giving 2002-03 a run - Sabres Edge - The Buffalo News
I, Dude,The, lived outside of Buffalo until I was 13. I can honestly tell you that for sports teams that the city is cursed.

Silent Bob strikes back against violence in the NHL -
Director Kevin Smith speaks about fighting in hockey, a subject which I'm sure we all have mixed feelings about.

Montreal fans plan 1-year anniversary celebration in honor of Scott Gomez’s last goal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Possibly the worst anniversary you can think of but his fans seem to be taking it in stride . . . kinda? I'm not entirely sure the pinates is entirely PC, but hey at least the instructions are in French.

Watch a pane of glass wipe out a referee in Pittsburgh (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I know its kinda wrong but I wished something like this happened to a ref at the Coyotes/Red Wings game. Looks like he was okay though which is a good thing.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Purcell scores twice, Garon makes 27 saves in Lightning's 2-1 win over Stars
The team that the Coyotes are playing today have some momentum after beating the team the Coyotes are competing against for a playoff spot. I have mixed feelings about this.

The Hockey News: Headlines: Jonathan Toews scores 27th goal, Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-1 to take NHL lead
Jonathon Toews is the only person who has scored more goals in the Western Conference than Coyote's Radim Vrbata (22 goals).

Daily Debate: What's up with the Islanders? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Craig Custance believes in the Coyotes.

NHL trade deadline chatter starting to heat up –
With a little over 5 weeks until the deadline Kevin Allen looks at what teams might be buying or selling.

Fantasy Spin: Turris finding rhythm in Ottawa - Fantasy Hockey Rankings and Advice -
Expect to hear the former Desert Dog's name a lot in the coming days with the Sens coming to town on Tuesday.

Final Howl

Watch the tunnel door open on Sharks’ Jamie McGinn (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
yyyeeeaaaahhh. . . they should probably fix that.