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Sunday's Coyotes Tracks - Close, but no cigar

The Coyotes grab a point, world junior rosters begin to take shape and one NHL announcer makes a regrettable joke on today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes show improvement, but squander late lead for ninth straight home loss - Five For Howling
The Coyotes got a point, but could not end their home losing streak.

Arizona Coyotes' home skid hits 9 after shootout loss - AZCentral.com
The Coyotes were less than six minutes away from climbing out of the slump that had taped itself to the team, leading to a spiral down the standings.

Coyotes give better effort in 9th straight home loss | FOX Sports Arizona
Minnesota tied the game late and won in a shootout despite a strong game from goalie Devan Dubnyk and the team in front of him.

Arizona Coyotes keeping attention off the standings - AZCentral.com
The team's slump has contributed to its low seeding in the standings but as they attempt to climb back up, they're trying to focus on the games instead of playoff implications.

News From Around The Hockey World

Report: Sabres’ Zadorov won’t be released for World Juniors | ProHockeyTalk
Club announces Weber underwent knee surgery Friday.

Duclair a rarity for Canada as NHL teams hold on to world junior prospects - The Globe and Mail
Rangers property happy to join team.

Leading Calder Trophy Candidates - Today's Slapshot
A look at a handful of the NHL's top rookies in the Calder Trophy race.

Penguins studio host apologizes for idiotic ‘I Can’t Breathe’ joke | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Suffocate … "I Can’t Breathe" … the need to have a cheeky transition to every highlight package … Savran’s brain spit this forth: "I thought Jay the Penguins would have to put on those ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts for a while, because Columbus was suffocating."

Conacher clears waivers, off to Bridgeport | ProHockeyTalk
Finished sixth in Calder Trophy voting just two seasons ago.

Las Vegas Black Knights? Potential NHL owner is partial to name | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"I love the name Black Knights because I was a West Point guy, went to Army, it’s close to my heart," he told Sportsnet. "And the black knight, many people don’t know this, is actually the good knight. And I think that Black Knights would be a great name."

Dallas Stars Recall Jamie Oleksiak From AHL - Defending Big D
Intrigue abounds.

Manchester Phoenix update: Checking in with our adopted team - Five For Howling
Our good friend @theangrybudgie updates us on the goings on of our lockout-adopted team from across the pond.

Senators 3, Bruins 2 (SO) -- One Point in a game where the Bruins Needed Two - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Bruins get the consolation point in a disappointing SO loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Recap: Flyers 5, Hurricanes 1 - Canes Country
Canes drop fifth straight after flat game in Philadelphia.

Blackhawks vs. Islanders final score: Win streak ends at eight as 'Hawks fall, 3-2 - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks win streak came to an end tonight on Long Island, falling to the Islanders, 3-2

Capitals vs. Lightning Recap: Backstrom's Hat Trick Wins It for Washington - Japers' Rink
Nicklas Backstrom's natural hat trick leads Washington to a 4 to 2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at home.

Recap: Just Leaf Me Alone - Winging It In Motown
No, I don't want to talk about it.

Dallas Stars Defeat New Jersey Devils, 4-3 - Defending Big D
Hockey was played in Dallas on a Saturday night in December.

Game #29 Recap: Heart Attack Classic - The Cannon
The Jackets and Penguins faced each other for the first time since last season's playoff series, and ended up with one hell of a game to remember.

Rangers Vs. Canucks Recap: Rangers Dominate Thanks to a Goal Scoring Outburst - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers score three in the first period and go on a goal scoring rampage to start their four game road trip.

Final Howl

Watch: Charlotte Checkers' adventures in 'bad lip reading' (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports