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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - busy times

A busy day around the Pacific Division and the NHL last night. More on that in today's Tracks.

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Derek Leung

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone rides confidence to career year -
It didn’t take long for Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone to replace uncertainty — which he felt as a 16-year-old playing junior hockey in Calgary for the first time — with confidence.

Rob Klinkhammer: The Unlikely NHLer - The Hockey Writers
Overlooked in the NHL Draft, Phoenix Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer took the scenic route to the National Hockey League.

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan: Little things are costing the team -
It's not glaring mistakes that are killing the Coyotes right now.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates update: the burning questions - Five For Howling
Chris Roy of the Maine Hockey Journal joins us for a six-pack of questions about the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates

AHL: Lessio is more for Pirates | Sun Journal
Lessio is producing points in the AHL, which may lead to a call-up soon.

Gladiators News

Matson scores twice as Orlando Solar Bears top Gwinnett 4-3 in East Coast Hockey League - Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Solar Bears sure like facing the Gwinnett Gladiators, especially when the game ends in regulation.

News From Around the Hockey World

Stalock's second straight shutout powers Sharks to fifth straight win - Fear The Fin
Yet another goal by Joe Pavelski was all the offense San Jose needed courtesy a second shutout in as many starts for Alex Stalock.

Nashville Predators 2, Vancouver Canucks 1: Nick Spaling Carries the Day - On the Forecheck
Special teams played a huge role in tonight's Nashville Predators win at Vancouver, as the penalty kill shut out the Canucks for 10 minutes, while the power play delivered the margin of victory.

Dallas Stars Crush Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 - Defending Big D
A four-goal second period lead the way for Dallas as they ran the visiting Leafs right out of the building.

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota Wild toppled the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 tonight.

Recap: Blues Defeat Broadway Babies, 2-1 - St. Louis Game Time
Tonight the Blues of this season decide to hop in the the Doctor's TARDIS and get back to the present and stop trying to play like their past selves. It was nice. Thank you Doctor.

Ducks Top Kings 2-1 in Stadium Series Preview - Anaheim Calling
That was a Hell of a game, low scoring but just about everything else you could want, most importantly though, a Ducks win.

NHL ice crew does final prep for Dodger, Yankee stadium rink builds | ProHockeyTalk
Making the rink for these two games came with two very different sets of challenges.

Which NHL fighter is the best hockey player? -
Some players are in the NHL for their ability to fight. But which one of them is the best hockey player?

Eakins Takes Spector to Task - The Copper & Blue
Dallas Eakins has had a horrific year as the Oilers head coach but every now and then he gives us gold.

Canucks give Vinny Prospal an AHL tryout | ProHockeyTalk
The veteran winger has an interesting history with John Tortorella.

The Final Howl(s)

Puck Daddy presents: ‘Kiss from a Lowe’, for frustrated Oilers fans everywhere | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Close your eyes and get carried away by the Edmonton Oilers' awful play.

Rejected Zach Parise Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony uniforms | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports