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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - Rest, Recuperate, and Regroup

The Phoenix Coyotes will be taking full advantage of a rare four day break in the schedule to practice and rest up injured players. Today's edition of the Tracks has some on-ice news, some off-ice news, and the latest from around the hockey world.

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Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Notes and Quotes from Friday's Practice - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
The Coyotes finally got a chance to work on some things in practice.

Vancouver's Alexander Edler suspended two games for hit on Coyotes' Mike Smith -
It is still unknown when Mike Smith will return to play.

Phoenix Coyotes players meet to look for answers -
Very rarely have the Coyotes had to shut the locker-room doors to hold a players-only meeting.

The Coyotes Sale Is Progressing in Glendale - The Hockey Writers
Meanwhile off-the-ice, the frozen sale process is thawing out again.

Pirates News

Saving, scoring, Pirates win | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Mark Visentin makes 31 saves and Jordan Szwarz scores twice in a 5-2 victory over St. John's.

Gladiators News

Gwinnett Gladiators Win Second Straight - Gwinnett, GA Patch
The Glads pulled out another victory over Orlando thanks to a strong defensive effort.

Sundogs News

Sundogs blank Brahmas; still contending for 6th playoff seed - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs are finishing the season out strong.

News From Around the Hockey World

Abby Time!: Red Wings 5 - Ducks 1 - Winging It In Motown
Justin Abdelkader recorded a hat trick. The world may be ending soon.

Capitals @ Jets Recap: Holtby Continues to Frustrate as Caps Win Big - Japers' Rink
Washington's win brings them to within five points of the division lead.

Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down: Penguins 4, Islanders 2 - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh didn't get off to the greatest start in this one, but the Islanders are the Islanders.

Blue Jackets too much for Flames 5-1 - USA Today
Don't look now, but Columbus is white-hot.

ASU Hockey Year in Review: Most Valuable Player - House of Sparky
Colin Hekle did pretty much everything for ASU this year.

Brendan Shanahan explains why Rangers’ Rick Nash wasn’t suspended | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Much of the hullabaloo surrounding the Smith-Edler hit was replaced by the hullabaloo about this one.

Larry Murphy shocked, disappointed after being fired as Red Wings' analyst for Fox Sports Detroit |
Meanwhile, there's a shakeup going on at Fox Sports Detroit that comes as a surprise to many.

Martin Brodeur scores, but nevermind that: ranking the 'real' goalie goals -
Martin Brodeur getting his second career own goal was nice, but where does his lone shot on net rank all time?

The Final Howl

NHL Grab Bag: Adorable Teemu, Cats of the NHL, and Mush March Madness - The Triangle Blog - Grantland