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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - I have confidence in me!

Mike Smith finds his self-confidence again in today's edition of the Tracks.

Marianne Helm

Coyotes News

Coyotes notes: Michalek returns, brings much-needed grit | FOX Sports on MSN
Defenseman's return from 13-game absence coincides with Smith's first shutout, gives Coyotes element they've been lacking.

Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes | 1 Player on Each NHL Team Whose Scoring Will Improve in 2013-14 | Bleacher Report
One of the many puzzling omissions from the Czech Olympic team, Radim Vrbata has really been stepping it up in his contract year.

For what it's worth: Mike Ribeiro - Five For Howling
A different post today, as I look at the season of Mike Ribeiro and try to figure out if he's been good, bad or somewhere in between.

PACIFIC WAR ROOM - 1.17.14 - The Royal Half
The Pacific War Room is back with a look at all the comings and goings in the NHL's Pacific Division this past week!

Coyotes coach: Thinking less can help Mike Smith play better - ArizonaSports.com
Dave Tippett thought Smitty was over-analyzing the game.

Mike Smith of Phoenix Coyotes living up to Canada Olympic selection - 2014 Olympics
For Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, being selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was an impetus to iron out his problems in net.

Pirates News

AHL: Falcons top Pirates in shootout | Sun Journal
The Pirates couldn't quite hold off the Springfield Falcons.

Gladiators News

Gwinnett prevails in willd offensive battle | Gwinnett Daily Post
Evan Bloodoff picked up what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the third, and the Gwinnett Gladiators knocked off the Kalamazoo Wings 5-4 in a wild offensive slugfest Friday night at Wings Stadium.

Sundogs News

Sundogs Streak Continues, 4-3 Win - Prescott eNews
Goaltender Andrew Engelage has been a revelation.

Arizona College Hockey

#13 Wildcats Fall to #4 Liberty 5-2 | Arizona Wildcat Hockey
The Wildcats couldn't sustain the momentum they built after beating #3 Oklahoma.

News From Around the Hockey World

Eight Game Win Streak Snapped by Hawks - Anaheim Calling
Chicago beats the Ducks for the first time in two years but still trails the league lead by four points.

Goalie market still undefined in slow trade year - Die By The Blade
We're 15 games away from the trade deadline, and there's still no clear suitors for Ryan Miller.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gives lengthy interview on gays in hockey - Outsports
Gary Bettman says he doesn't know why no current or former NHL players are out, but he is confident in the league's culture once someone does.

Almost 10 years later, Steve Moore still experiencing concussion symptoms, now helping others | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: This March 8 will be the 10th anniversary of the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi incident.

The Race to Criticize P.K. Subban: Why Is He Always the Subject of Criticism? | Bleacher Report
Dave Lozo on why P.K. Subban receives a lot of criticism for not only his play, but his personality.

Sochi 2014: A full rundown of each nation's Olympic jerseys - Stanley Cup of Chowder
We're under a month away from the ice hockey portion of the Sochi Olympic Games. Whether officially or through leaks/rumors, we've now seen what each nation's hockey jersey will look like.

Couture (hand) skates for first time post-surgery | ProHockeyTalk
Admits he's "still a ways away" from returning, though.

Maple Leafs place David Clarkson on injured reserve - CBSSports.com
To say David Clarkson's first season as a Leaf has not gone well would be a gross understatement.

The Final Howl

Jimmy Fallon plays beer hockey with Drake on Late Night (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
USA! USA! USA!