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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Happy Turkey Day!

More controversy around starting Mike Smith and a Penguins player gets a turkey, just in time for the big day!

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Coyotes News

Coyotes sponsoring drive to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank at Saturday's game | FOX Sports
Food Bank critically low on canned food items for holiday food boxes; each $25 donation allows St. Mary's to fill a food box for a needy family.

Arizona Coyotes' Antoine Vermette proving value up the middle -- AZCentral
The Coyotes' Antoine Vermette is a valuable commodity. And the 2015 free-agent pool isn't crowded with dynamic offensive options, especially up the middle. That could make Vermette even more popular if he becomes a free agent.

Arizona Coyotes try to rebound from bad bounces -- AZCentral
One "own goal" happens from time to time, but two in the same game with the last one standing up as an overtime winner is rare. The Coyotes shrugged their shoulders at the poor puck luck but it's especially baffling that goalie Mike Smith seems to be at the center of these fluky bounces.

Are the Jets and Coyotes being too loyal to their starting goalies? | ProHockeyTalk
It's a question that could decide a playoff spot or two.

Who's Hot, Who's Not: A few silver linings - Five For Howling
Last night was ugly for the Desert Dogs, but a few players are shining through and have earned a spot on this week's "Hot" list.

Pirates News

Pirates postpone tonight's game at Cross Arena - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
The game against the Worcester Sharks has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

News From Around the Hockey World

Martin Brodeur Invited To Practice With Blues - St. Louis Game Time
The Devils legend was waiting for a team to call. That team's apparently St. Louis.

Roberto Luongo leaves game with injury; Panthers can’t afford to be without him for long | Post-to-Post
The Florida Panthers are off to a decent start this season in large part thanks to the play of goalie Roberto Luongo. So you can’t fault their fans for getting worried when Luongo left Florida’s game Wednesday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury. Without Luongo the rest of the way, the Panthers’ playoff chances are toast.

Sharks sign Kings fan as emergency backup - Fear The Fin
SJSU alum Ryan Lowe will back up Antti Niemi tonight against the Flames.

Game 23 recap: Lightning edge Rangers 4-3 - Raw Charge
In what had been celebrated and passionately debated as Martin St. Louis's return to Tampa Bay, it was actually Ryan Callahan, the player for whom he was traded, who was the star of the night, scoring two goals and an assist in the 4-3 win.

Pens Leafs Recap: Comeau's hat trick powers Pittsburgh - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins win in OT 4-3 over Toronto after a hat-trick from Blake Comeau.

New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 2 (OT): John Tavares wins it on OT power play - Lighthouse Hockey
John Tavares scored on a power play with 24 seconds left in OT to give the New York Islanders the victory in the first half of a home-and-home with the Washington Capitals on a night when neither team was at its best.

Wings Fly Away: Wings 5, Flyers 2 - Winging It In Motown
Well that was nice. The previous game against Philadelphia was one of those frustrating games where your team completely dominates and finds a way to lose. Tonight was a more evenly matched game,...

Recap: Panthers 1, Hurricanes 0 - Canes Country
Luongo and Montoya combine to shut out Canes

Kings @ Wild Recap: LA Overwhelms Minnesota for Second Road Win - Jewels From The Crown
Dealing with a season-long road slump, the Kings scored four in the first to take down the Wild.

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche final score: Kane has 3 assists as 'Hawks beat Avs, 3-2 - Second City Hockey
'Hawks rebound from Sunday's loss to Vancouver with a solid effort against division foe Colorado

Recap: The Winnipeg Jets pull out a win over the Buffalo Sabres - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets continue to roll, picking up four regulation points in two nights.

Report: Flames close to announcing arena plans | ProHockeyTalk
But how much public money will be required?

Sharks players go to bat for McLellan: ‘Why would you get rid of him?’ | ProHockeyTalk
San Jose coach is feeling the heat.

How the Carolina Hurricanes Broke Cam Ward -- TheHockeyWriters
Cam Ward's health and career are the result of poor management and coaching decisions that the Carolina Hurricanes are just now trying to correct.

Does hitting lead to winning in the NHL? (Puck Momalytics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
What is the purpose of hitting in the NHL? Ideally, hits are supposed to stifle a team’s offensive attack. If players and teams are using hitting correctly, it should show in shot suppression metrics, i.e. stats that show the shooting rates and offensive pressure of opponents.

The Final Howl

PETA: "Catfish Don't Belong on the Ice...Dead or Alive" - On the Forecheck
After their big win last night, the Preds are getting even more national attention...this time from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who aren't too thrilled with the catfish-chucking.