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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - It Begins Today

After four and a half months of waiting, the NHL season will officially get underway this afternoon. Phoenix will get its chance tonight against Pacific Division foes the Dallas Stars. Join us back here later tonight for the first Gameday Thread of the season!

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Coyotes News

McConnell's Blog: Let's Drop the Puck! - Phoenix Coyotes - Features

Momentum feels real for on-the-rise Coyotes - Fox Sports Arizona
Can last year's run feed this season?

Lombardi 'never wanted to leave' Phoenix - Fox Sports Arizona
Craig Morgan spoke with the newest Coyote on Thursday.

News About Tonight's Game

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars Game Preview: The Opener - Five For Howling
Our preview of the 2012-2013 NHL season opener between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Dallas Stars.

Gameday Preview: Dallas Stars Host Phoenix Coyotes (7:00pm CST) - Defending Big D
The Stars will attempt to take down the defending Pacific Division champs sans Jamie Benn Saturday night at the AAC.

Coyotes vs. Stars - 01/19/2013 - Phoenix Coyotes - Preview
There's a lot to look forward to tonight.

Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars Game Preview -
It begins tonight.

Pirates News

Portland tops Providence in shootout | Sun Journal
It took seven rounds, but the Pirates eventually got the better of the Providence Bruins

Gladiators News

Pro hockey: Sutter leads Everblades past Gladiators " Naples Daily News
Brody Sutter's goal at 12:57 of the third period lifted the Florida Everblades to a 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday night.

Sundogs News

Allen Americans lose 4-3 (OT) in Arizona Friday night | Dallas Stars Blog
Surprise surprise, Chad Nehring scored another goal.

News From Around the Hockey World

ASU Hockey: Sun Devils Blow Late Lead, Fall to Central Oklahoma 4-2 - House of Sparky
ASU is in a world of trouble right now.

#18 Arizona Falls to #5 Oklahoma 4-0, Outshoot Sooners 43-37 | Arizona Wildcat Hockey
OU goaltender Collin Fernandes had a Smith-esque game against the Wildcats.

We were on a break - Eyes On The Prize
You can substitute the songs and the chants and this would likely describe every hockey fan this week, especially those who attended public practices/scrimmages.

The 411 on the 1-3-1 Power Play - Japers' Rink
Excellent systems post by J.P.

Heika: Workout fiend Ray Whitney sets conditioning example for new teammates | Dallas Stars News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
Ray Whitney is leading by example with the Stars.

In praise of Alex Edler’s 6-year, $30-million extension with Vancouver Canucks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Canucks D-man got a pretty hefty contract extension yesterday.

Flyers vs. Penguins preview: Let's get this thing started - Broad Street Hockey
We may not get to see this one in the Phoenix area, but it's certainly going to be an awesome game.

Here are 113 things that changed in the NHL since we last dropped the puck (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
In case you tuned out the NHL for the entirety of the lockout, here's everything you missed.

The Final Howl

Your Guide to NHL Opening Day - The Triangle Blog - Grantland