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The Coyotes found themselves on the wrong end of the shootout, while their minor league teams all had rough starts. Recaps from around the hockey world in today's edition of the Tracks.

That's one way to keep the puck out of the net.
That's one way to keep the puck out of the net.
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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes @ Anaheim Ducks Recap: Shootout on the Pond - Five For Howling
The Coyotes proved themselves in the penalty kill but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-2 in a shootout.

Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette a force in the faceoff circle - azcentral.com
So much is still a work in progress for the Coyotes: their forward lines, the penalty kill and, of course, the power play.

Five For Fantasizing: Ribeiro Rising - Five For Howling
Mike Ribeiro starts to show his quality and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is good. Really good.

Understanding the Phoenix Coyotes Through Player Usage Charts (by Rob Vollman) - Five For Howling
We are very pleased to be joined by ESPN Insider, founding Hockey Prospectus writer and author of Hockey Abstract, Rob Vollman as he explains the Phoenix Coyotes through his famous Player Usage Charts.

Pirates News

AHL: Pirates set to host Wolfpack on Pink in the Rink night | Sun Journal
The Pirates have had an uneven season schedule thus far.

Gladiators News

Gwinnett Daily Post | Gwinnett Gladiators falter down stretch in season opener
A short-handed goal from Andrew Rowe halfway through the third period spoiled the Gwinnett Gladiators’ season opener Friday night.

Sundogs News

Brampton gets the party started up north by spoiling opening night for Sundogs - The Prescott Daily Courier
The Sundogs dropped their season opener North of the border by a final score of 5-4.

News From Around the Hockey World

Recap: Winnipeg Jets overcome scary Jacob Trouba injury, defeat St. Louis Blues 4-3 in SO - Arctic Ice Hockey
Despite a shaky start and two injuries to defenders, the Jets manage to fight back against a tired Blues squad and squeak out an unlikely victory in the shootout.

Jacob Trouba injury: Defenseman leaves on stretcher after falling into boards - SBNation.com
It has not been a good week for head injuries in the NHL.

Cody McLeod gets the call for a suspension hearing - Mile High Hockey
The NHL Board of Player Safety has requested the presence of Cody McLeod for his dangerous hit on Niklas Kronwall in Thusrday's tilt against the Detroit Red Wings.

Maxim Lapierre Suspended Five Games For Hit On Dan Boyle - St. Louis Game Time
The hit on the Sharks' defenseman was nasty, and worthy of a Shanaban.

Video: Shanahan rules Brouwer-Stepan collision was accidental | ProHockeyTalk
It's been a busy week for the Department of Player Safety.

Brian Elliott gets beat by knuckle puck - SBNation.com
Brian Elliott couldn't handle this knuckle puck shot from Olli Jokinen.

Penguins recall Conner from AHL | ProHockeyTalk
The former Coyote will dress for Pittsburgh against Vancouver.

The Final Howl

Buffalo Sabres end practice with rookie dance party featuring twerking (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports