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David Schlemko is back up with the Arizona Coyotes. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

The Arizona Coyotes offense by comparison - Five For Howling
It's no secret that the Arizona Coyotes have offensive problems. How pronounced are those issues compared to some of their Western Conference rivals?

Jeremy Morin: Should the Arizona Coyotes Make A Bid? - Howlin' Hockey
Jeremy Morin could be a good pick-up for the Coyotes, but only at the right price.

Coyotes recall defenseman David Schlemko - The Washington Post
The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman David Schlemko from Portland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

No matter how hard Bettman tries, the Panthers and Coyotes won’t escape relocation speculation | ProHockeyTalk
Sorry, Mr. Commish.

Key players look for chance to end Arizona Coyotes' home skid -
The Coyotes return to the ice Thursday after a four-day break looking to snap a seven-game losing streak on home ice.

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Numbers edition - Five For Howling
After an underwhelming week in Coyotes hockey, we take this opportunity to explore some of this season's more notable statistics thus far, on both ends of the spectrum.

News From Around the Hockey World

Game Recap: Detroit Red Wings lose to Toronto Maple Leafs in Shootout - Winging It In Motown
The Wings dominated possession, but the Leafs got two points.

Video: Reimer, Leafs steal two points in Detroit | ProHockeyTalk
Toronto grabbed the win despite being out-shot 42-19.

California Drownin' - The Copper & Blue
The Edmonton Oilers have now lost 13 of their last 14 games.

WATCH: Ryan Kesler catches long pass under skate, scores -
Ryan Kesler received Hampus Lindholm's stretch pass in a most unique fashion: by stepping on it. He then finished the play for his 10th goal of the year.

Ducks announce Heatley had groin surgery — three weeks ago | ProHockeyTalk
He's expected to travel with the team on its upcoming road trip.

Report: Wild concerned about Keith Ballard's future after serious injury -
The Minnesota Wild have reportedly expressed concern over Keith Ballard's future after he suffered a concussion and facial fractures Tuesday night against the New York Islanders.

Marco Scandella suspended two games for Brock Nelson head shot | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Minnesota Wild defenseman was suspended two games for hitting the New York Islanders forward high in a game Tuesday night.

Thomas Vanek Is Not The Problem - Hockey Wilderness
Has Thomas Vanek really been as disappointing as people think?

Same As It Ever Was: The Firing of Paul MacLean - Silver Seven
Paul MacLean was fired on Monday, and the outcome for the Sens is negligible.

Simon Gagne's leave of absence is because his dad has cancer. Craig Cunningham recalled. - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Cancer sucks.

Devils' Adam Larsson, Travis Zajac latest NHL players with mumps | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Larsson is now at least the 11th NHL player to have contracted the mumps this season.

Is Kevin Klein For Real? - Blueshirt Banter
Kevin Klein has been a surprising oasis of goal-scoring on a defense that has failed to produce much otherwise. Can he keep it up?

NHL: Paul Bissonnette still won't pull any punches - ESPN
Paul Bissonnette answers questions about fighting's, and by proxy his own, role in the league.

NHL to Las Vegas: Prospective owner hopes to launch ticket drive soon -
Bill Foley, one of the key individuals hoping to bring the NHL to Las Vegas, expects to launch a ticket drive to gauge interest in putting a team in the city by February.

The Final Howl

Images from Jean Béliveau’s funeral in Montreal | ProHockeyTalk