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Coyote Tracks - January 7, 2012 - Looking To Sink The Islanders

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The Phoenix Coyotes will be facing off against the New York Islanders tonight at Arena at 6:00 p.m. This will be the first and only meeting between the Yotes and the Islanders this season. The Desert Dogs are looking to gain some points to get back into the playoff race while the Islanders are looking to come out of last place in Eastern Conference. For Islanders coverage check out Lighthouse Hockey.

In today's Tracks we've got some pre-game analysis, updates on Adrian Aucoin, the story everyone seems to be talking about the NHLPA failing to approve the reconfiguration, and more.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes vs. Islanders Pre Game News

Coyotes begin second half of season vs. Islanders - News from The Arizona Republic

New York Islanders at Phoenix Coyotes Game Preview - 01/07/2012

NHL Preview - New York Islanders at Phoenix Coyotes - Jan 07, 2012 -

Coyotes News

Coyotes' Adrian Aucoin day-to-day with right eye injury
Aucoin's eye injury is a little more serious then we would have hoped, but luckily it wasn't a concussion. Luckily it looks like Hanzal and Gordon will be back soon according to Tippett. blogs - Westside Insider - westsideinsider - Officials: Ex-Sharks CEO still bidding for Coyotes
Rumors that Jamison no longer seeking to buy the Coyotes may be greatly exaggerated.

News From Around the Hockey World

Flyers brass tells Bryzgalov to stop talking for a while | ProHockeyTalk
Just not Bryzgalov's year. Although I'm sure his millions are a good comfort for him.

AHL draws record crowd with outdoor game | ProHockeyTalk
Winter Classic isn't the only outdoor hockey game drawing crowds.

Devils upend Panthers 5-2 -
New Jersey defeats Florida in a 5-2 victory which featured 2 empty net goals in the final minute

Wife of beaten Rangers fan appalled that bystanders allowed Philadelphia assault | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Clear example of the Bystander Effect at play in this situation. (sidenote: This is the first time I'm utilizing my psychology degree)

Why the NHLPA rejected NHL’s 2012-13 realignment plan | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Reasoning behind the NHLPA failing to endorse the new plan.

NHL delays realignment plan, modified playoffs format - ESPN
The NHL says it won't go forward with its realignment plan and modified playoff format next season after the players' association refused to agree to the changes.

How NHL Coaches Utilize Their Players - On the Forecheck
Interesting numbers and charts compiled by Dirk Hoag. Not surprising to anyone who watches the Yotes, Coach Tippet likes to match his D.

The Final Howl

01/06/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Pre-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
A couple of pre-game quotes for tonight's game against the Islanders.

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