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Tuesday's Coyotes Tracks - It Wasn't Just Yandle

Another Yote gets snubbed, Sid tops jersey sales and should Smitty stay #1?

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Coyotes News

Zbynek Michalek and Martin Hanzal selected to Czech Republic Olympic roster - Five For Howling
Two Coyotes will reportedly make the Olympic team for the Czechs.

Radim Vrbata’s Olympic snub puzzles teammates - AZCentral
Michalek on the snub: "His statistics speak for itself the last couple of years. He’s been one of the top scorers among the Czech guys, so it’s surprising."

Smith still Coyotes' No. 1 goalie despite inconsistency | FOX Sports Arizona
Mike Smith hasn't played up to usual level this season, but neither has team in front of him.

Fun with numbers: A look at Coyotes on pace for career years | Phoenix
With the Coyotes still very much in the playoff hunt at the season';s midway point, many players are in the midst of potential career years.

Monday Morning Musings: winless New Year for the Phoenix Coyotes - Five For Howling
A look back at an interesting week in Coyotes hockey with thoughts and observations from Managing Editor Jaime Eisner.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates make St. John’s Ice Caps pay for penalties | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland capitalizes on a two-man advantage, wins 5-4.

News From Around the Hockey World

New York Islanders 7, Dallas Stars 3: John Tavares hat trick, Ryan Strome's first NHL goal, Nabokov injured - Lighthouse Hockey
In their last home game for the next two weeks, the New York Islanders got into a track meet with a Dallas Stars team that has been struggling defensively.

Nabokov placed on injured reserve after leaving Monday’s game | ProHockeyTalk
That didn't take long for an official update.

Recap: Slow Start Dooms Panthers vs Canadiens - Litter Box Cats
After a pretty sleepy start, the Florida Panthers fought hard to try and even up the score against the Montreal Canadiens late in the third, but fell 2-1 in regulation.

Recap: Flames Actually Score Goals, Beat Avs 4-3 - Matchsticks and Gasoline
After a dismal stretch that saw just one goal in four games, the Flames lit up the Avalanche for their first win of 2014.

Blue Jackets Dig Deep for Shootout Victory Over Rangers - The Cannon
Columbus took the game, gave it away, then seized it back when they needed it most, posting a vital 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers, gaining not only points, but some much needed confidence.

Tyler Myers suspended three games for illegal hit to the head -
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers was handed a three-game suspension by the NHL on Monday for an illegal hit to the head of the Devils' Dainius Zubrus.

Sharks’ Couture (hand injury) could be out three to four weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Tough news. A Canadian Olympic team hopeful.

Sidney Crosby tops NHL list of best-selling jerseys for 2013 -
The NHL's most-sold sweater in 2013? Why, Sidney Crosby of course, edging out Pavel Datsyuk for the honors in the NHL offices.

Behind the numbers: NHL attendance surpassing NBA | CSN Chicago
According to the latest attendance records, the NHL is averaging more sellout crowds than the NBA.

Canadian Goalies Falling Behind in NHL and World Juniors --
In the first 125 years of hockey history, Canadian goalies were the best in the world. But in the past 5 years they've been outperformed in the NHL and WJC.

Kopitar headlines Slovenian Olympic roster, brother snubbed | ProHockeyTalk
Which is awkward, because their dad is the head coach.

The Final Howl

Hockey Fan Catches a Puck with One Hand While Holding a Sleeping Baby | Extra Mustard -