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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Guess What Day It Is?!

That's right! It's the first game of the season and today's tracks features Maloney, Smith and a tough night in Denver for one Pacific Division team.

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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan and teammates rarin’ to go - AZCentral
New ownership, revamped offense, sparks enthusiasm.

Mike Smith has a new recipe for success - Fox Sports Arizona
Contract security, elite blue-line corps, healthy body have Coyotes' Mike Smith poised for big season.

Don Maloney: 'We can win a championship with Mike Smith' -
Championship hopes is something the Coyotes are trying to instill in both its organization and the Valley ahead of Thursday's season opener against the New York Rangers.

Don Maloney Interview - YouTube
Coyotes GM Don Maloney discusses the team's offseason moves and his expectations for the 2013-14 season.

Phoenix Coyotes 2013-14 Preview - Sunbelt Hockey
Previewing ahead to the 2013-14 season for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Pirates News

AHL: Pirates vets, newcomers ready to start season | Sun Journal
"They're hungry, they're excited, and from a coaching perspective, they're coachable and there's no maintenance to them," Pirates coach Ray Edwards said. "They just want to get better every day and work hard every day. That's a fun group to coach."

Arizona College Hockey

ASU hockey's Colin Hekle looking to extend win streak over UofA to 34 games | Phoenix
ASU will look to extend their 4-year winning streak against rival Arizona, and captain Colin Hekle will lead the way.

News From Around the Hockey World

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche - 10/02/2013 -
Let's just say it was a bad night for the Ducks...a 6-1 type of bad night.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings - Recap - October 02, 2013 - NHL - Hockey -
Buffalo keeps the Wings to only 19 shots but still suffer a 2-1 loss.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers - Recap - October 02, 2013 - NHL - Hockey -
Toronto wins two straight beating the Flyers 3-1.

Report: Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov close to signing in ECHL | ProHockeyTalk
Well...I'm not sure this even needs any words.

Why hasn’t Gary Bettman banned fighting in the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Basically, he doesn't see the need.

NBCSN sets cable record with ‘Hawks-Caps season opener | ProHockeyTalk
Watched by an average of 935,000 viewers.

Cory Schneider to start opener, end Martin Brodeur's streak at 18 years -
Cory Schneider will end up starting the season opener for the Devils, ending Martin Brodeur's streak of 18 straight opening-night starts for New Jersey.

Max Domi suspended for 4 games by OHL | Wichita Eagle
Probably not the best way to start his season....

Latendresse signs in Switzerland, Stewart to join KHL club | ProHockeyTalk
Both veterans failed to latch on with NHL clubs after attending camps on PTOs.

Morrow ‘worried’ he’ll miss Blues opener to visa issue | ProHockeyTalk
He's carrying a huge balance. Nah, just kidding, it's an immigration thing.

The Final Howl

City of Boston fulfills Stanley Cup bet, features Blackhawks video on website (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports