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Coyotes Tracks - May 11, 2012 - The Puck Drops On Sunday

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Yesterday, the NHL finally announced the game times for Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Final. Game 1 will be at 5 p.m. MST on Sunday, while Game 2 will be st 6 p.m. MST on Tuesday. Both games will be played in Glendale. The dates/times for the remaining games in the series are TBD. With the Lakers and Clippers in the NBA playoffs, the game schedule for the contests at the Staples Center could wind up being a bit unconventional.

We've got series preview links galore along with the usual assortment of assorted hockey stuff for you as you prepare for the weekend.

Links after the jump...

Coyotes vs. Kings Series News

Previewing the Western Conference Final on the All The Kings Men Podcast - Five For Howling
Talking with the enemy.

WCF: Phoenix Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings Preview: The Defensemen - Five For Howling
The Dude takes a look at the Los Angeles Kings' defense.

WCF: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings Series Preview: The Forwards - Five For Howling
Jordan previews the Kings forwards.

Team Anonymity label suits Coyotes just fine - Fox Sports Arizona
Pack > Superstars.

Likeable leadership is the key to success in Phoenix - viewfrommyseats.com
A look at three of the most important pieces of the Coyotes, the leadership of Shane Doan, Don Maloney, and Dave Tippett.

Goalie Mike Smith enjoying turnaround with Phoenix Coyotes - The Arizona Republic
What an amazing 15 months it has been for Smitty.

Rivalry restored between Kings and Coyotes - Fox Sports West
LA vs. Phoenix is back. Someone tell Kobe and Raja Bell.

Maloney and Tippett making it work in Phoenix - NHL - SI.com (AP)
A story on the tandem that has brought hockey success to town.

Video: Is Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings in West finals good for NHL?
Of course.

Cisco NHL Live: Keith Yandle Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes defenseman spoke with Deb Placey & E.J. Hradek on Thursday.

Accepting roles has been a key to Phoenix Coyotes success - The Arizona Republic
Brief notes on team roles, fans, Dbacks visit, and Shane Doan's wife not loving the playoff bear thing.

Kings, Coyotes are ready to drop the puck now - latimes.com
Both teams are ready to play. The first game will be Sunday at 5 pm.

Western Conference finals preview: Kings vs. Coyotes, playoff experience - ProHockeyTalk
A look at the two clubs playoff experience.

Kings vs. Coyotes Western Conference Preview: Why Puck Possession Matters - Jewels From The Crown
Or why it doesn't. See 2011-2012 Coyotes.

Western Conference final preview – USATODAY.com
Kevin Allen picks the Kings in 7.

Kings' Jonathan Quick rises to top of U.S. goalie pool – USATODAY.com
The Kings starting goalie could be the Team USA's starting in the 2014 Olympics.

Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards finds success away from Philadelphia - latimes.com
Richards is still playing in the postseason while his old team is golfing.

From One GM to Another, A Conversation You Never Hear - Howlin' Hockey
In praise of Sean Burke.

05/10/2012 - Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Yotes bench boss spoke with the media yesterday.

Dallas Stars Fans Should Not Lament Success Of Dave Tippett and Mike Smith - Defending Big D
Brandon Worley tries to justify why Stars fans shouldn't miss Smith and Tippett.

News From Around the Hockey World

Ducks Coach Boudreau Signs Two-Year Extension - Anaheim Calling
THe Yotes will get to see more of Gabby on the bench.

IIHF World Championships: What's Done, and What's Ahead - Puck Worlds
Bruce Peter with an update on the World Championships to this point.

The great Dead Puck Era panic of 2012 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Wyshynski says its not 2004 again.

Chatting with Ilya Bryzgalov about Year 1 with Philadelphia Flyers: ‘People only see the bad in me’ - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had an eventful first season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

More post hoc reaction to the Radulov/Kostitsyn suspensions… - Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
Cam Charron plays MMQB.

The cold war between the NHL and NHLPA - Raw Charge
The looming war on the horizon.

NBA, NHL ratings going in different directions - Awful Announcing
Hockey, It's Fantastic!

The Final Howl

Playoff Preview Party - Know Your 3rd Round Opponent: Phoenix Coyotes - The Royal Half
There are plenty of serious previews of the series out there. This is not one of them.

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