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Coyotes Tracks - April 5, 2012 - Idle, The Coyotes Can Clinch

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Your background track for today. Even though the Coyotes sit idle tonight they can still clinch a playoff spot if the Stars lose in regulation tonight to the Preds. The Stars have lost 3 in a row and are 3 and 7 in their last 10, Head over to Defending Big D for their game day thread if you want to follow along. In Coyotes news; lots of Mike Smith coverage and frustrated mayor, read on.

Coyotes Mike Smith News

Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith standing tall at year's end
While the numbers are staggering -- a current goal-less streak of 219:59 and eight shutouts this season -- Smith's defining moment would be in a first-round matchup.

Smith carrying Coyotes in hunt for division title - Hockey's Future
And hunt he shall

Comparing Smith’s shutout streak to Boucher’s record run | ProHockeyTalk
Phoenix is a good place for single-season shutout spans.

The saves keep coming for Coyotes goalie Mike Smith –
Kevin Allen spoke with Smith the day after his 54 save performance against Columbus.

04/04/2012 Burke Talks Smith Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Coyotes Goaltending Coach Sean Burke talks about Mike Smith's strong play in the final weeks of the regular season.

More links after the jump...

Coyotes News

The Five For Howling Roundtable - Highs And Lows of the 2011-2012 Season - Five For Howling
With the NHL season winding down this week, we are taking a look back at the season. We look back at the some of the surprises and disappointments for the Phoenix Coyotes and across the NHL.

Cisco NHL LIve: Shane Doan Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan calls into Cisco NHL Live.

Radio Interviews - NHL Home Ice
Phoenix Coyotes Center Boyd Gordon talks on NHL Home Ice.

Ownership Circus

Glendale mayor blames NHL, city administrators for unresolved Phoenix Coyotes sale - The Arizona Republic
Article on Mayor Scruggs tirade on Tuesday night.

David Shoalts Knows Everything Going On Everywhere -
A nice break down on Shoalts' recent Coyotes ownership ramblings.

Pirates News

Pirates give a better effort against St. John’s - Maine Hockey Journal
Wednesday night's performance was much better than the one on Tuesday. Portland beat St. John's 5-1.

Pirates bounce back to win - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Reports are that first round pick Connor Murphy will join the Pirates today.

Gladiators News

Haddad's two goals even series with Stingrays as it shifts to Gwinnett - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads evened their playoff series up on the road Wednesday night.

Games that Matter tonight

How The San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Phoenix Coyotes Can Clinch A Playoff Spot - Fear The Fin
A look at the numbers prior to tonight's contests.

Gameday Preview: Dallas Stars @ Nashville Predators (7:00pm CST) - Defending Big D
Stars Lose in regulation and they are out (and the Coyotes are in)

Sharks Gameday: A Tale of Two Teams Who Could Be Very Dangerous This Postseason (And One Could End Up Missing It Altogether!) - Fear The Fin
Preview of the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings game on April 5, 2011. Both teams are fighting to clinch a playoff spot and still have a shot at the Pacific Division title.

News From Around the Hockey World

Game 80: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens - Raw Charge
It's a good thing the Bolts let Mike Smith go because they are chock full of awesome goaltending. NOT. Sebastion Caron gave up 5 goals on 25 hots last night.

Franzen Actually Scored? Oh Yeah, It's April: Red Wings 3, Blues 2 (SO) - Winging It In Motown
The Mule lead the Wings back from an 0-2 third period deficit last night.

Newark mayor calls Devils owner "a highfalutin, high-class huckster and hustler" | ProHockeyTalk
And not in the good highfalutin way.

Frozen Four 2012 Preview: Union Vs. Ferris State Showdown Will Hinge On Defense -
A preview of today's first semifinal matchup. The game can be seen on ESPNU/ESPN3 at 1:30p.m. AZ time.

Frozen Four 2012 Preview: Boston College Hockey Hopes To Dictate Offensive Pace Vs. Minnesota -
A preview of tonight's second semifinal game. The game can be seen on ESPN2/ESPN3 at 5 p.m. AZ time.

The Final Howl

Restaurant owner, upon learning his ribs are secret to Flyers’ success: ‘No more ribs for them’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

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