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Coyotes Tracks - April 11, 2012 - The Second Season

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The second season starts today with almost half of the teams in action. We have tons of Coyotes news clips today and lots of analysis on the upcoming series with the Blackhakws. Join us throughout the day for more news and updates.

Coyotes News

Coyotes notebook: No distractions this year = Fox Sports Arizona
Coyotes glad to be dealing with fewer ownership rumors this year; Aucoin ready for Game 1.

Coyotes merit more support - The Arizona Republic
The Republic's editorial board says the business community needs to do more to support the team.

Coyotes' Smith has Vezina-worthy credentials |
Has Mike Smith's play during the season earned a consideration for the Vezina? Sean Burke seems to think so.

Torres, Vermette Bring Playoff Experience to Mix - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Raffi Torres and Antoine Vermette discuss what if feels like to go deep in the playoffs.

Coyotes deal could come within month, official says - The Arizona Republic
Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley thinks a deal may be coming soon.

More links after the jump...

Coyotes News Continued

Persistent Shane Doan sentimental favorite as postseason begins - The Arizona Republic
The captain deserves a happy ending.

Aucoin's Blog: Playoffs Can't Start Soon Enough - A Blog by Adrian Aucion
The former Blackhawk captain blogs about the Yotes upcoming series with one of his former clubs.

Q&A with Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris - The Arizona Republic
JIm Gintonio talks with the veteran d-man.

Dave Tippett's Phoenix Coyotes know their identity for playoffs - The Arizona Republic
A brief look at the team's identity, special teams play, and Adrian Aucoin going against his former team.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla's play not flashy but solid - The Arizona Republic
Solid as a rock this season.

Phoenix Coyotes' unified play the foundation for division title - The Arizona Republic
One team. One goal.

We’ll never be good enough… - Your Mama Plays Hockey
Part one of a response to all of the criticisms about hockey in the Valley.

We’ll never be good enough part 2 - Your Mama Plays Hockey
Part two.

Media center

Hockey the hard way - Fox Sports Arizona
Todd Walsh looks at the players and events that led to the Pacific Division.

Coyotes G.M. Don Maloney - Phoenix Coyotes Radio Interviews 04/10/2012
GMDM was on NHL Home Ice on Tuesday.

Cisco NHL Live: Mike Smith Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The goalie joined Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek on Tuesday.

Series previews

Path To The 2012 NHL Playoffs: Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Chicago Blackhawks - SB Nation Arizona
How the two teams got here.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks Series Preview: Goaltending - Five For Howling
A look at the goaltending match-up in the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Special teams key for Coyotes, Blackhawks - Fox Sports Arizona
Craig Morgan takes a look at the team's power play and penalty kill units.

SCH's First Round Preview - The Coyotes' Blue Line - Second City Hockey
McCLure from SC H takes a look at the Coyotes defensemen.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Puck Daddy’s NHL 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Puck Daddy predicts the Coyotes win in 6 with advantages on the defense, goaltending, and special teams.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 1 picks — in five words | ProHockeyTalk
PHT predicts each round and then explains their prediction in five words.

NHL Playoffs 2012: Phoenix Coyotes Shoot For First-Ever Series Win (And More) -
Travis Hughes talks to Travis Hair about the Coyotes playoff prospects and what is going to make them successful down the playoff stretch.

Toews practices in regular spot; Game 1 a possibility - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
More news about Jonathon Toews coming back to play against the Coyotes, possibly in game 1. I like to believe its because he's nervous about how his team will play without him, but that's just me.

Once teammates, Dave Tippett and Joel Quenneville face off - The Arizona Republic
The two coaches know each other very well.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Officials - National Hockey League Officials Association - Press Release
For those of you who are interested your referees for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With Toews, Hawks-Coyotes is 'pick-em' - Chicago Blackhawks Blog - ESPN Chicago
Las Vegas has the odds as even and EA Sports has the Yotes losing in a 5 game series.

News From Around the Hockey World

Sterling Archer Reviews The LA Kings - Nucks Misconduct
Possibly the best hockey preview ever written. If you like "Archer" this is a must read.

Sharks Waitday: Hockey Love Astrology - Battle of California
Over at BoC they have found the best way to predict their teams success, a love calculator.

Down Goes Brown: Round one Eastern Conference playoff preview

PHT picks the Stanley Cup winner — 10 reasons it’ll be the Pittsburgh Penguins | ProHockeyTalk
PHT picked their team for the playoffs and finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. After reading their reasoning the one thing we are all happy about is that we do not have to play the Penguins in the first round. Crap sorry Philly fans.

The Final Howl

NHL Releases the Final Batch of "Because It's The Cup" Playoff Ads - SportsPickle Opinion

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