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Coyotes Tracks - April 9, 2012 - Bring On The Blackhawks

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APR 7, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA;   Pheonix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) carries the puck behind the Coyotes net i the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.  Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
APR 7, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Pheonix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) carries the puck behind the Coyotes net i the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

The NHL Quarterfinal Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule was announced on Sunday. The Phoenix Coyotes will play their first game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Glendale. We've got plenty of series tidbits and previews for you today along with links to the festivities on Saturday night/Sunday morning at Cutter Aviation, and the usual assortment of links from around the world of puck. Also, check out a playoff contest one of our sister SB Nation blogs in running today's Final Howl.

Links after the jump...

Blackhawks vs. Coyotes Series

Pacific Division Champion Coyotes to Battle Chicago Blackhawks in First Round Playoff Matchup - Phoenix Coyotes
The series schedule.

Quick look at the Coyotes-Blackhawks playoff matchup - The Arizona Republic
Sarah McLellan breaks down the match-up.

First-round preview: Phoenix Coyotes versus Chicago Blackhawks - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun previews the series.

Finally atop division, Coyotes must overcome Hawks - Head to Head Stanley Cup Playoffs Series Previews's preview of the series.

04/08/2012 Preview: Blackhawks vs Coyotes Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Thge NHL Tonight crew previewed the series on Sunday. EJ Hradek and former Coyote Mike Johnson pick the Yotes to win the series.

Prediction: Coyotes in 6 over Blackhawks - blogs - Ice Chips - JimGintonio
Gintonio thinks Dave Tippett should win the Jacks Adams award as well.

Video: GM Don Maloney talks Coyotes - Channel 12 News
GMDM was on 12 Sports tonight on Sunday.

Hawks - Coyotes first-round expectations - CSN Chicago
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Meyers looks at the major storylines.

Blackhawks open playoffs Thursday on road vs. Phoenix Coyotes -
Hawks beat writer Chris Kuc takes a look at the Desert Dogs.

Coyotes News

29 Things* - Why Your Fanbase Should Root for the Phoenix Coyotes - Five For Howling
Travis being funny.

Coyotes clinch division; good for business - CBS 5 - KPHO
Westgate being packed with hockey fans is a good thing.

Coyotes fan Sveum put in awkward spot - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN Chicago
Cubs manager Dale Sveum used to have season tickets.

Video: Coyotes fans show up in force to greet Pacific champs at airport - CBSSports
"But don't ever mistake that for them not having good fans."

Welcome Home Coyotes - YouTube
Video from FS Arizona producer Graham Taylor.

VID-20120408-00021 - YouTube
Todd Walsh's cell phone video from the team's return home.

Pacific Division Winners Coyotes Greeted By Hundreds Of Their Fans - Howlin' Hockey - A Phoenix Coyotes blog
Jack Brewer on the scene at Cutter Aviation when the Yotes returned home.

Coyotes greeted at airport by fans -
Photo slide show from late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

NHL must grant payment plan - The Arizona Republic
The Republic's editorial board weighs in on the NHL ownership/Glendale payment issue.

Pirates News

Pirates grind out victory against Worcester - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland tied Manchester for 8th place setting up Tuesday's game as the biggest one this season.

Gladiators News

Gladiators eliminated in double overtime - Gwinnett Daily Post
The Glads had no luck in OT again on Sunday. They lost their series to the South Carolina Stingrays 3 games to 1.

News From Around the Hockey World

Your 2012 NHL Playoff Bandwagon Guide - The Active Stick
Laura's a Habs fan so its not hard to guess which team she skipped over.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Quarterfinals Schedule - - The Stanley Cup
Dates, times, and national TV information for all the first round series.

Recalling The Rocket's Greatest Goal - Habs Eyes On The Prize
50 years ago Sunday Maurice Richard scored the series clinching goal against the Boston Bruins.

You Know It's Spring When Octopus Are On The Ice - NHL History Girl
Jen Conway on the tradition Coyotes' fans don't have to worry about in the 1st round this year.

A final statistical look at 2011-12 regular season - - Inside the Numbers
A trip down 'recent' memory lane.

Streaking thru the AHL: 25 and counting for the Norfolk Admirals - Raw Charge
Can Norfolk go 16-0 in the Calder Cup playoffs as well? Doubtful. Then again who thought they'd win 25 in a row.

The Final Howl

2012 FHS Playoff Pool - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Our friends over at FHS are doing a pool and it is free. Check it out.

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