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Coyotes Tracks - March 31, 2012 - Last Game Of The Month

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Tonight the Phoenix Coyotes will be playing their last game in the month of March, their last game against the Anaheim Ducks this season, and their second to last regular season home game. The Coyotes will be looking for a win to separate them from the other teams fighting for a playoff spot, and maybe grab the lead over the Division in what will be a busy day in the West. A win tonight will be huge, especially since the Coyotes will only be playing three games after this, two against teams that they have yet to beat this season.

Today we got a little bit of news from you, news about the game tonight, news about the games last night, and a fan getting a souvenir in a rather unconventional way, all down below.

Coyotes News

Coyotes Assign Pouliot to AHL - Phoenix Coyotes - News
Marc-Antoine Pouliot has been sent down to Portland.

Phoenix Coyotes Radio Interviews 03/30/2012
Radim Vrbata talks with SiriusXM's NHL Home Ice. Kind of a weird intro because they immediately ask him about twitter.

Frustrating month for Vrbata takes positive turn - - NHL Insider
A two-goal game for Radim Vrbarta Thursday was no small feat for the veteran forward, who has suffered through an often agonizing month of March.

03/30/2012 Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Tippett talks about Friday's Practice.

More links after the jump...

News About Tonight’s Game

03/30/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Pre-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

Anaheim Ducks @ Phoenix Coyotes Preview: Another Must Win Game - Five For Howling

Ducks vs. Coyotes - 03/31/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview

Duck Hunting Season Concludes Tonight, Let's Get Two Points - Howlin' Hockey

Coyotes' Ray Whitney sitting at 999 career points - The Arizona Republic

Ray Whitney On Verge Of 1000 Career Points - Howlin' Hockey

Pirates News

Pirates in the thick of a playoff race - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland picked up a huge 5-3 against Worcester on Friday night.

News From Around the Hockey World

Nicklas Backstrom is Back, Will Play Against Montreal - Russian Machine Never Breaks
The Caps #1 center returns to help his team in their hunt for a playoff birth tonight.

The NHL Pacific Division Playoff Chase: Match-Ups - Five For Howling
Carl breaks down the rest of the matchups in the Pacific Division.

West update: Now the Kings lead the Pacific Division | ProHockeyTalk
A summary of all the changes in the West after last nights game. Yeah this is probably going to all change tomorrow too.

Vancouver Canucks Pick Apart Dallas Stars 5-2 - Defending Big D
The Canucks took advantage of some shoddy Dallas defense to drop the Stars back into the pack with four games left.

NHL Giveaway Stats: Which Teams' Goalies Cough Up The Puck? -
Turns out the Coyotes goaltenders give the puck away the most.

Sutter says Kings’ power play is "awful" | ProHockeyTalk
Which is troubling, because he's their coach. Let's see how this affects their final playoff push.

Flames choked at jersey-tossing fan: "You don’t do that to this organization" | ProHockeyTalk
You have to be really upset to throw a jersey, as everyone who has a jersey knows they are kinda pricey. The incident occurred during the the Flames 3-0 loss to the Kings.

Playoff bubble watch — Dallas Stars edition | ProHockeyTalk
The Stars are going to have a tough last 5, playing Vancouver, San Jose twice, Nashville, and St. Louis.

So…what happens if the Sharks don’t make the playoffs? | ProHockeyTalk
Because that's a very real possibility.

NHL Death Watch: Predators clinch playoff berth; Sharks in trouble with loss to Coyotes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A look at some of the probabilities of teams making the playoffs. Things aren't looking too good for the Sharks, but these numbers are changing almost daily.

Slap Shot: The Only Honest Sports Movie |
An article about how Slap Shot is the movie that best displays the real world of sports. Its also an amazingly funny movie and you should really watch it if you haven't already or watch it again if you haven't in a while.

The Final Howl

Kari Lehtonen accidentally hits Stars fan in face with puck during warmups, hilarity ensues (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I'll take getting hit in the face with a puck if it means I get a free stick and towel.

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