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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks- Butt Goal 2.0

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We've got another butt goal! Just this time it isn't a goalie. And, the NHL says nobody is tanking for McDavid...yet.

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Coyotes News

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Coyotes old and new - Five For Howling
We take our weekly look at the Yotes and around the league, searching for the best and worst. Oh, and Pavel Datsyuk.

Coyotes assistant coach Newell Brown has puck smarts -- AZCentral
Coyotes assistant coach Newell Brown has been responsible for the most glowing aspect of the team's play, the power play, ranked sixth in the NHL (23.4 percent) after Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

Coyotes Need to Play 'Smart Hockey' -- TheHockeyWriters
Through the first month of the NHL season, the roller-coaster ride by the Arizona Coyotes remains ever-exciting.

Offense picking up, but better defending still tops Coyotes' needs -- AZCentral
Despite limiting the Maple Leafs to only two goals in Tuesday's 3-2 win, the Coyotes still rank 30th in the league in goals-against (3.58) which

News From Around the Hockey World

New York Islanders 3, Anaheim Ducks 2 (OT): John Tavares breaks the slump - Lighthouse Hockey
The New York Islanders got two goals from John Tavares to break a three-game losing slump against the flu-laden Ducks.

Montreal Canadiens play sloppy, but still beat Buffalo Sabres in shootout | National Post
The Canadiens were waxed 5-0 by the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Tuesday night before travelling to Buffalo

Game Recap: Seeing Zebras — Red Wings 3 at Rangers 4, (OT) - Winging It In Motown
A series of mistakes lead to goals against the Red Wings, and they can't score enough to overcome it.

Pens Re-sign Fleury to a 4-year, $23M Extension - PensBurgh
Flower to Stick Around

Jack Johnson Suspended 3 Games by NHL - The Cannon
Jack Johnson has been suspended 3 games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit to the head of Jiri Tlusty. But maybe this is not such a bad thing in the long run.

No one’s tanking for Connor McDavid, according to NHL | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star asked the NHL what it thought about this strategy, and discovered there’s no gambling at Bushwood, sir (and they never slice).

Early surprises after the NHL's first month - SBNation.com
Turns out not all of our predictions were accurate! Weird, I know.

Blackhawks unveil jersey for 2015 Winter Classic - SBNation.com
The Blackhawks will be wearing white on New Year's Day.

Tomas Hertl and the sophomore slump | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Hertl finally scored another goal on Nov. 1 vs. the New York Islanders, a power-play tally on his only shot of the game. Previous to that, Hertl had gone through a one assist-in-eight-games stretch that saw coach Todd McLellan drop him down the lineup to the fourth line.

David Poile's Rag-Tag Assembly of "Misfits" Paying Off Early On - On the Forecheck
The NHL should introduce a "Thrifty Shopper" award, and name it after the Preds' GM.

Eakins thinks Yakupov’s improving, but it’s a process | ProHockeyTalk
He has just four points this season.

OHL suspends players 15 games for abusive comments made on Tinder - CBSSports.com
Two Ontario Hockey League players were suspended 15 games each for harassing comments made towards a woman or women on social media app Tinder.

The Final Howl

Sean Avery quits off-Broadway play after alleged meltdown - CBSSports.com
Sean Avery was due to perform in an off-Broadway play, but quit the production over an alleged meltdown over pizza that left a stage manager in tears.