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The Arizona Coyotes are gearing up for their home opener while the Los Angeles Kings were shutout for the banner raising

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Coyotes News

Season preview: 2014-15 Arizona Coyotes - Arizona Sports
Hockey the hard way is back on Thursday and the Coyotes are perfectly fine with it.

Shane Doan: Arizona Coyotes looking to re-gain old identity -- AZ Sports
After a relatively quiet offseason, the Arizona Coyotes enter the 2014-15 with little fanfare and modest expectations.

Arizona Coyotes gear up behind Mike Smith -- AZCentral
The Coyotes open their season tonight and are hoping to see the beginning of a huge season from goalie Mike Smith, in his fourth season with the team and second while carrying an elite contract as a cornerstone of the franchise.

Top 10 questions as Coyotes open new season | FOX Sports
Can goalie Mike Smith regain his elite form? Who will score the goals? Is Oliver Ekman-Larsson ready to join the Norris conversation? We look at the top questions facing the Arizona Coyotes this season.

Pirates News

Pirates' 20-year-old prospect has a name to remember - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Henrik Samuelsson, ready for his first AHL season, has talent and fire – like his dad, the former NHL player, Ulf Samuelsson.

News From Around the Hockey World

Sharks beat Kings despite taking a 3-0 lead - Fear The Fin
Put that on a banner and raise it.

Canucks snap 5-game opening night losing streak in 4-2 win over Flames - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks are undefeated. Sure, it's only one game. But it's a promising start to the 2014/15 season.

Leafs Fall to Montreal in Season Opener, 4-3 - Pension Plan Puppets
In their first game of the season, Percy looked great, the depth looked good, but the team fell short.

RECAP: Two Swedes and a Kelly lead Bruins over Philly - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A solid night all around from the Eriksson-Soderberg-Kelly trio was just what the doctor ordered on Opening Night.

Why Can't We Have Nice Things?!? Dubinsky Out For Six Weeks - The Cannon
In yet another stinging blow, the Blue Jackets have placed center Brandon Dubinsky on IR with a lower body injury.

Todays SlapShot | Top 10 Defensemen in the Pacific: 5-1 - Today's Slapshot
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is in the top-5.

Mike Milbury says it’s time to ‘grow up’ and ban fighting (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"I think it’s telling me that it’s time to get rid of fighting. It’s telling me that it’s over. As much as I like a good scrap in my day, too many issues here involving concussions. Too many problems. The teams are going away from it. Let’s grow up and get rid of it."

Are NHL enforcers becoming endangered? - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
The day has come when fewer than half the NHL's 30 teams will start a season without a heavyweight fighter, or one-dimensional forward. It seems the term "team toughness" is being redefined.

Report: Chris Pronger in mix for NHL player safety job - CBSSports.com
According to a report, Chris Pronger may be in line for a job with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The catch is that Pronger is still under contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Martin Brodeur doesn’t want to steal anyone’s job | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Brodeur, 42, is 12 wins away from 700 for his career, a mark no one in NHL history has hit.

The Final Howl

What’s your European hockey player name? - Punchline on CBC