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Road trips dominate the month of December for the Phoenix Coyotes, OEL getting some much needed recognition and will Dion Phaneuf be suspended?

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Coyotes News

Schedule offers Phoenix Coyotes chance to toughen up -
Give the Coyotes another week or two, and they might not remember where they play home games.

Hockey World: Phoenix Coyotes blueliner Oliver Ekman-Larsson best NHL defenceman no one knows - Edmonton Journal
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the best defenceman nobody knows. He belongs in the same grouping as Ryan Suter

Pirates News

Pirates break skid with 4-2 win over Providence | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
A wrap-around goal by Andy Miele in the third breaks a 2-2 tie.

Portland Pirates lawsuit against Cumberland County Civic Center can go forward, court rules - Bangor Daily News
A lawsuit brought by the Portland Pirates attempting to force the Cumberland County Civic Center to increase its share of revenues can go forward, a judge ruled Friday.

Sundogs News

Late Goal by Mavericks Secures Win Over Sundogs - Prescott E News
The Arizona Sundogs couldn’t hold on after the Missouri Mavericks scored the game winner late in third securing their 2-1 win over Arizona Saturday night at the Independence Event Center.

Arizona College Hockey

ASU vs. Arizona hockey: Wildcats struggle against No. 1 Sun Devils - Arizona Desert Swarm
ASU was too much to handle for a depleted Arizona team this weekend.

Manchester Phoenix News

Phoenix Home Win Puts Them Back to Top of the League - News - Manchester Phoenix
Manchester Phoenix beat rivals Milton Keynes Lightning to secure a 4 point weekend and a return to top of the league.

News From Around the Hockey World

Net losses: Why the world is passing Canada in goal - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle looks at why the number of Swedish & Finnish goalies has increased dramatically.

Capitals vs. Rangers Recap: Caps Topple the King, Beat Rangers 4-1 - Japers' Rink
A three-goal second period helps the Caps roll to a 4-1 win over the Rangers.

Rangers hold players-only meeting after 4-1 loss to Caps | ProHockeyTalk
"It's getting old," Brad Richards said.

Blackhawks roll to 6-2 win over Panthers after G Crawford leaves with injury in 1st period - The Hockey News
After their No. 1 goalie was knocked out early in the game, the Chicago Blackhawks dialed up their NHL-leading offence.

Canucks continue dominance over Avs, win 3-1 - Mile High Hockey
Avs still can't solve the Canucks, continue a winless streak against the former division rivals.

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Recap: Bruins win 5-2, Kevan Miller scores first NHL goal - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins take over first in the East with a hard-fought win over the Leafs.

Stealing Victory from the Jaws of Defeat - Hockey Wilderness
Wild get goals from Zach Parise and Captain Mikko Koivu to beat a reeling Sharks team that threw a lot of rubber at the Wild net.

Dion Phaneuf drills Kevin Miller from behind: how many games? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
As if Brendan Shanahan didn't already have a full plate dealing with Saturday night's Bruins-Penguins game, Dion Phaneuf will likely be added to his list of hearings this week.

Corsi and Estimation Error - St. Louis Game Time
What is the relationship between underlying skater talent and observed Corsi? If we know the talent, what range of Corsi can we see?

Canadian TV rights deal approval, salary cap on tap for NHL board of governors - The Hockey News
Things are going great for the NHL from a business perspective.

Iginla in reflective mood ahead of return to Calgary | ProHockeyTalk
His Boston Bruins will play there on Tuesday.

Bruins’ Kelly out with broken ankle after Dupuis slash | ProHockeyTalk
Adding to what was already a rough night for Boston and Pittsburgh.

Shawn Thornton's attack on Brooks Orpik is the kind of garbage the NHL needs to clean up - quick - Yahoo Sports
Nick Cotsonika with an excellent take on the Thornton-Orpik incident.

Vincent Lecavalier injury: Flyers center to miss 3-4 weeks with non-displaced lower back fracture - Broad Street Hockey
The veteran center will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time thanks to a back injury suffered in a game against Nashville.

End of an era: the closure of the NHL Fan Association - Raw Charge
A long-tenured organization that wished to represent the voice of National Hockey League fans goes the way of so many fan-representative groups before.

Mason’s agent: Price’s $33 million contract is ‘a very good comparable’ | ProHockeyTalk
I imagine Flyers fans are less enthused about this idea.

Anaheim Ducks-backed high school league boasts national champ - Sunday Long Read
Santa Margarita now boasts a national champion hockey program and is the flagship for a league the Anaheim Ducks helped establish.

Quebec minor-pro player suffers horrifying skate cut to face (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is the face of Simon Courcelles, a centre for the Thetford-Mines Isothermic of Quebec's Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey, perhaps the fightingest pro league in North America. As you can see, he is pretty horrified.

The Final Howl

The Vent: NHL fan sick of the indefensible | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports