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Coyotes Tracks - February 15, 2012 - Flames Draw Closer

The Coyotes still sit in eighth place in the West this morning. However, with their victory over Toronto last night, the the Calgary Flames now sit just one point back of Phoenix. The Yotes don't play again until tomorrow night. However if you are jonesing for some hockey tonight the NBC Sports Network has the Bruins and the Habs renewing their lovefest.

We've got links to stories on Ray Whitney and Gilbert Brule, a Glads recap from their game last night, as well as a host of other puck links in Today's Tracks.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes News

The Desert Dog Blog: Smith Says Being Starting Goalie is Easier Than Being Backup - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Dave Vest with comments from Mike Smith, update on Brandon Gormley, and some Coyotes Charities info.

Ray Whitney: The Most Unlikely 1,000 Point Career? - Arctic Ice Hockey
A look at Whitney's career using stats and comparing him to others who have collected a similar number of points in their careers.

Brule unpacks mental baggage in Phoenix - Vancouver Sun
Coyote Gilbert Brule talks about how the baggage impacted his play in the past.

Coyotes mainstay frustrated with club's ongoing uncertainty - Calgary Herald
Nothing new here per se. Doan is frustrated just like the rest of us.

Nhl Players Poll - 02.20.12 - SI Vault
Who voted for Mike Smith???

Gladiators News

Gladiators fall in Greenville again - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads don't appear to be savoring their time in South Carolina.

News From Around the Hockey World

The Five For Howling Roundtable: 14 Things We Love About Hockey - Five For Howling
In honor of Valentine's Day, Five For Howling staff members listed their individual top 14 reasons for loving the sport.

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
Someone please let Bruce Boudreau know its not 2007. Also, the Wild might want to start trading players now.

I Love Everything: Red Wings 3 - Stars 1 - Winging It In Motown
The Wings sure do love playing at the Joe.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames Game Recap - 02/14/2012
The Flames have now won seven straight against the Leafs at home.

Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2: Human Rocket Ship blasts off - On the Forecheck
The Hawks road troubles continued on Tuesday night in Nashville.

St Louis Blues at Columbus Blue Jackets Game Recap - 02/14/2012
The Blue Jackets won the game 2-1.

Rangers Vs. Bruins: Rangers Take Commanding Lead In East With 3-0 Win Over Bruins - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers look like they are the class of the East.

Spezza hat trick leads Senators to 4-0 win over Lightning - Silver Seven
Of interest to Yotes fans, Kyle Turris missed a penalty shot in the game.

Islanders 3 (EN), Jets 1: Nabokov and the Usual Suspects - Lighthouse Hockey
The Isles seem to relish the role of spoiler this week.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur Dominate in 4-1 New Jersey Devils Win Over Buffalo Sabres - In Lou We Trust
Two guys who were written off early in the season are hitting their stride now and the Devils are moving up the standings.

2012 NHL Draft Consensus Top 100 - February Update - The Copper & Blue
An updated look at the top prospects in this year's NHL Entry Draft.

Dale Hunter Undermines Michal Neuvirth’s Confidence, Could Leave Lasting Impact | Kings Of Leonsis
Things are going swimmingly in Caps Land this season. Not.

Mike Green: ‘I haven’t felt like this for a long time’ - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Some actual good news on the Caps front.

Systems Analyst: PK perils – just keep an eye on that guy, that guy, that lane and the puck | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Another strategy breakdown from Justin Bourne.

Nash trade-related rumours won't quit + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
Latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's weekly column.

The Final Howl

Power Rankings: Coyotes on a roll with Bryzgalov replacement Smith -
"The lesson this week: Never count out a Dave Tippett team."

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