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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Falling

Last night the Coyotes dropped out of the final playoff spot in the West after losing to the Minnesota Wild. More on that and other hockey stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Minnesota Wild vs Phoenix Coyotes recap: turnover troubles - Five For Howling
The Minnesota Wild defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night.

Phoenix Coyotes need a left wing; who should they trade for? - Five For Howling
Breaking down five left wingers that the Coyotes may consider acquiring this season to play along side Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata.

Phoenix Coyotes’ top line in sync now after some time apart -
Unfortunately the rest of the team is not.

Mike Smith gets beat by bad bounce -
Sometimes puck luck just isn't on your side.

Coyotes keep letting opportunities slip away | FOX Sports Arizona
Frustrating 4-1 loss drops Phoenix Coyotes out of eighth seed in West as short-handed Minnesota Wild move past in standings.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates Lose Two of Three Games Against St. John's IceCaps - The Hockey Writers
The Portland Pirates lost two of three games played in a three-game straight road series against the St. John's IceCaps after ending Tuesday's game 4-2.

Gladiators News

Resurgent Gladiators tackle Solar Bears again | Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Gladiators have come a ways since they last played Orlando nearly a month ago. The Solar Bears surged to a 5-2 win after trailing 2-1 early in the second period on Dec. 15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Arizona College Hockey

Top-ranked ASU throttles No. 11 Central Oklahoma 12-0 | Phoenix
Thursday's game between No. 1 Arizona State and No. 11 Central Oklahoma was not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

Wildcats Upset #5 Oklahoma, Sweep OU 3-0 on Season | Arizona Wildcat Hockey
U of A is #16 nationally.

News From Around the Hockey World

Sharks beat the Wings 4-1 and it's 2010 all over again - Fear The Fin
Joe Pavelski's two goals helped San Jose dispatch Detroit 4-1, just like they did in their 2010 playoff series.

Postgame Thread: IT WAS FOUR-ONE! - Jewels From The Crown
And it finished 4-2. Kings win!

Dallas Stars Solve Defensive Woes But Fall 1-0 to New Jersey Devils - Defending Big D
The team defensive effort was much stronger, but the Devils were the only team able to create offense as the Stars losing streak stretched to four games.

Just Another Comeback Victory; Ducks win 4-3 in Nashville - Anaheim Calling
A pair of Ryan Getzlaf goals and tallies from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne led the Anaheim Ducks to their fifth straight win by a 4-3 score in Nashville.

Leafs Lose, Lose Playoff Spot, No One Fired Yet - Pension Plan Puppets
If Coyotes fans think their team is in trouble, they should still be thankful they aren't Toronto.

Wade Redden hangs them up - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Redden's impressive career was overshadowed somewhat by his contract woes.

Brian Rafalski returning to pro hockey with ECHL Florida Everblades -
Apparently Brian Rafalski got the itch to play again after the Alumni Showdown in Detroit. Retired since 2010-11, the 40-year-old signed on with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL Thursday.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider ‘just has to pitch a shutout’ | ProHockeyTalk
When do pitchers and catchers report, anyway?

Video: Daniel Cleary elbows Scott Hannan in the head, sparks fight | ProHockeyTalk
Could a suspension be on the way?

The factors that drive the Kings' shot differential -
The Kings have been a dominant puck possession team the last couple of years. How do they do it?

The Final Howl

Which NHL teams have bullied the terrible Metropolitan Division most? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports