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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - the Canadian steamroller

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Team Canada at the World Junior Championship looked nearly unstoppable last night against Slovakia. More on that on today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes' acquisitions at the Christmas break - Five For Howling
We take a look at the various players the Arizona Coyotes' acquired this summer, and how well they've panned out thus far.

Arizona Coyotes 2014 Year in Review - The Hockey Writers
Some good and some not-so-good from 2014.

Five storylines to watch when the Coyotes face the Ducks | FOX Sports
The goaltending choice and the penalty-killing unit will be areas to watch when Coyotes return from the Christmas break to take on the Anaheim Ducks.

Auston Matthews, a 17-Year-Old Prodigy, Is Evidence of Arizona’s Flourishing Hockey Scene - NYTimes.com
Proof that hockey has taken root in Arizona exists in Auston Matthews, a 17-year-old prodigy who was born in Scottsdale.

Pirates News

Ulf Samuelsson's Sons, Now Teammates, Face Wolf Pack In Hartford - Hartford Courant
Ulf Samuelsson's sons, Philip and Henrik, are teammates on the Portland Pirates and will be playing together in Hartford for the first time.

World Junior Championship

Dazzling prospects at the opening of the 2014-15 World Junior Championship - Five For Howling
The first day of the international tournament was jam packed with high-flying draft picks and dazzling scoring displays.

Butcher gets top honors for Team USA in win over Finland - Mile High Hockey
Team USA takes its first game of WJC tourney on the back of Avs prospect.

Jack Eichel gets first World Junior Hockey Championship point - Eyes On The Prize
It didn't take very long for Jack Eichel to make his impact for Team USA, setting up a beautiful goal on the powerplay.

News From Around the Hockey World

Penguins' Steve Downie, Thomas Greiss have the mumps - CBSSports.com
Two more Pittsburgh Penguins players, Steve Downie and Thomas Greiss, have been diagnosed with the mumps.

Peter DeBoer Fired as Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils - In Lou We Trust
Peter DeBoer has been fired by the New Jersey Devils. An interim head coach has not been announced. This post is a quick reaction to the news, with an explanation as to why this wasn't an unjustified or hasty decision.

Paul MacLean close to Devils deal: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
After being fired earlier this year, Paul MacLean appears to be close to returning to an NHL bench.

Problems still remain for Devils following coaching change - CBSSports.com
Pete DeBoer may not have done a great job as coach of the New Jersey Devils, but he was far from the biggest problem.

Smoke, Mirrors, Systems & More: The Blue Jackets Face the New Year - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets have survived on guts and goaltending. They'll need more for success in the New Year.

Five team stats you may find interesting | ProHockeyTalk
The Anaheim Ducks have been good -- or is it lucky? -- in one-goal games.

The weight of the Atlantic Division on the Lightning's remaining schedule - Raw Charge
More than half the season is left to be played, and about half of those remaining contests are in-division games.

Could Zack Kassian Be An Option For The Rangers? - Blueshirt Banter
As the NHL heads towards mid-season rosters solidify and front offices look to improve their teams and/or shed salaries where they have identified a clear need for change. Could the New York Rangers be in the market for 22-year old Zack Kassian?

Are the Florida Panthers actually a playoff team? (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A quick look at the standings in the Eastern Conference shows two things you probably wouldn't expect to see: The Bruins out of a playoff spot (still), and the Panthers rather close to one.

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy a recipient of the Order of Canada | ProHockeyTalk
Long-time play-by-play man Bob Cole also recognized.

The Final Howl