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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - More Cancelled Games

While the NHL continues to cancel games, the World Junior teams have started pre-competition games with the United States beating Sweden and Finland beating Canada on Thursday. Phoenix Coyotes prospect Connor Murphy scored a power play goals for Team USA.

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Coyotes News

Coyotes players still optimistic NHL season will happen - AZCentral
Sarah McLellan speaks to a number of plasyers about their latest feelings on the lockout.

Coyotes fans looking forward to the coming NHL season and the future - Nebulous Verbosity
George Faller says the worst is over. Now it is time to enjoy the ride.

Lockout News

NHL cancels games through January 14, enters the danger zone; next cancellation the season? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Since Bill Daly said the games would need to start mid January, this may be the last announcement of cancelled weeks.

Hal Gill makes the Mayan apocalypse/lockout comparison everyone was waiting for | ProHockeyTalk
We've all been waiting for someone to say it.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates push into first place | Portland Daily Sun
The Pirates recent winning streak has moved them to first place in the Atlantic Division.

World Juniors News

USA vs. Sweden Recap: Who Stood Out, Who Didn’t and What We Learned | The United States of Hockey
Chris Peters was impressed with Connor Murphy's play in Thursday's WJC warm up game.

World Junior hockey 2013: Swiss remain longshot for medal -
Can the Swiss break through this year?

How big ice surfaces affect the powerplay, and what Canada needs to change to produce more offense | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
After Canada's loss to Finland yesterday, Justin Bourne examines the effect that ice size has on power play. Canada was 0 for 6 on their power play.

Enter our 2013 WJHC Players Pool - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Gotta find some hockey to gamble on during the lockout.

News From Around the Hockey World

ASU Hockey Midseason Review: Prognosis for the Season's Second Half - House of Sparky
How will the Devils do down the stretch?

Sandy Hook tribute: Bridgeport Sound Tigers to wear jerseys featuring victims’ names | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
An interesting tribute to the victims.

Winnipeg columnist: Kane’s days are numbered with the Jets | ProHockeyTalk
One day after the infamous Vegas tweet.

Down Goes Brown: Five hockey books for your last-minute shopping
DGB gives you some books you may want to give that hockey fan on your holiday shopping list.

The Final Howl

'Tis the Season... Today's Lockout Carol - The Peerless Prognosticator