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Mike Smith is catching a lot of heat, but does he deserve it? And a terrible call in Washington might have cost them the game

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Coyotes News

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Return of the Hodge - Five For Howling
Another week of hockey means another chance to take a look at the best and the worst around the NHL. Who will be the hottest? Who will be far from it?

Mike Smith stinks but Coyotes are sticking with him | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Arizona Coyotes face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and Mike Smith will tend goal for them.

Arizona Coyotes hoping early problems can be fixed -- AZCentral
The Coyotes allowed 31 goals against in eight games, the third-worst mark in the NHL. The performances that led to these routs is becoming more characteristic of the Coyotes than the defense-first identity they targeted in the offseason.

Players Not Responding to Tippett's Drive and Coaching -- TheHockeyWriters
If the Arizona Coyotes’ woes continue, one thing may not happen. What will not likely change is coach Dave Tippett behind the bench.

Perlini hopes to return soon | Sault Star
But Sault native Brendan Perlini, yet to skate this season for the Niagara IceDogs, is hoping his days of inactivity are coming to an end.

Portland Pirates News

Worcester Sharks fall to shorthanded Pirates - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com
There are points in time when possibly crosses the line to probably, and when probably morphs into definitely; they can vary by situation.

Gwinnett Gladiators News

Gladiators salvage overtime win aginst feisty Orlando on Southorn goal | Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett beats Solar Bears despite giving up lead late in regulation

News From Around the Hockey World

Game Recap: Top Guns — Red Wings 4 at Capitals 2 - Winging It In Motown
Pavel Datsyuk figures in three third period goals as the Red Wings veto the Capitals' bid for a win.

Worst NHL penalty of the season? Oh yeah. Definitely. | Post-to-Post
It's bad...really bad...

Nashville Predators 4, Edmonton Oilers 1: Craig Smith Dominates Oilers - On the Forecheck
Nashville starts their road trip with a dominating win in Edmonton.

NHL explains why officials waved off Predators’ goal | ProHockeyTalk
Some controversial calls on a light Wednesday night.

John Moore suspended 5 games for illegal check to the head - SBNation.com
The NHL has suspended John Moore five games for an illegal check.

NHL legend Gordie Howe showing signs of improvement after stroke - CBSSports.com
NHL legend Gordie Howe is showing signs of improvement after suffering a significant stroke, his family said in a statement.

Alfredsson return to Red Wings remains a possibility | ProHockeyTalk
It will depend on his back though.

Shootouts Disappearing With AHL's New Overtime Rules -- TheHockeyWriters
The AHL extended the overtime period and added 3-on-3 in a rule change and it's helping eliminate games that are decided in the reviled skills competition.

The Super Line: Is Dallas Stars First Line a Strength or Weakness? - Defending Big D
When is offensive dominance not necessarily a good thing, and where else might the Dallas Stars find scoring depth in the weeks to come?

How important is a fast start to the NHL season? - CBSSports.com
We like to jump to conclusions on teams based on the first 10 games of the season, but are those conclusions usually accurate?

The Final Howl

Iowa's AHL team brought the wrong jerseys to their game vs. Milwaukee - SBNation.com
The teams took the ice for warmups in the same color uniforms.