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Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid square off in the World Junior Championship. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

'Strong possibility' Barroway announcement comes Wednesday | FOX Sports Arizona
Andrew Barroway's purchase of a majority stake in the Coyotes should be completed by the end of the year.

The 5 best Arizona Coyotes games of 2014 - Five For Howling
Let's look back at the five greatest performances from the previous year.

Arizona Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson isn't just OEL, he's 'OTL' - azcentral.com
Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is tied for the NHL lead with five game-winning goals this season and the offensive-minded blueliner has his sights set on making his first All-Star appearance if he can help keep Arizona on its winning track.

Emphasis On Checking Has Coyotes In Productive Mode - The Hockey Writers
The Coyotes appear to be turning a corner in terms of defensive consistency.

30 Thoughts: Coyotes' Vermette a wanted man - Sportsnet.ca
In this week's 30 Thoughts Elliotte Friedman examines the Arizona Coyotes' lost season and what it could mean for Antoine Vermette.

Antoine Vermette could make sense for Blackhawks, Canadiens | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This season could be different, with some intriguing UFAs that might not resign with their current clubs. One such player: versatile center Antoine Vermette of the Arizona Coyotes.

This Week in the Pacific Division: A look back at each team's greatest highlight from 2014 - Five For Howling
Taking a look back at each team's best highlight from the 2014 portion of the season.

World Juniors News

World Junior Hockey Championship 2015 results: Day Five - Winging It In Motown
Five days down and we've got a light schedule from today.

World Juniors 2015 recap: Denmark gets first ever WJC victory in shootout win over Switzerland - Eyes On The Prize
Denmark needed at least a point to stay in medal round contention, and a potent powerplay helped them to get it.

World Junior Championship Group A top spot at stake for Canada, United States - 2015 World Junior Championship - NHL.com
Canada is the top seed in Group A with three regulation victories and nine points. The United States, with two regulation wins and one shootout win for eight points is second, but a win of any kind Wednesday would allow them to pass Canada for first place.

Connor McDavid on facing Jack Eichel: ‘It’s not me versus him’ | ProHockeyTalk
Yes it is.

Reway's hat trick powers Slovakia over Germany at world juniors - Article - TSN
Martin Reway scored three goals to lead Slovakia to a 5-2 victory over Germany in round-robin action at the world junior hockey championship on Tuesday.

Winter Classic News

Anticipating a Classic - Japers' Rink
Let the naysayers opt for lowly college football if they want - there's plenty to be excited about when the Caps and 'Hawks take the field on January 1.

Reports: Sun glare could push back start time of Winter Classic | ProHockeyTalk
Forecast calls for sunny skies on Thursday.

Winter Classic sign of how far Capitals have come - Sportsnet.ca
The Capitals were a total non-factor when Alex Ovechkin took the NHL by storm in 2005. Now Washington is hosting the Winter Classic, a sign of just how far they've come since drafting their dynamic captain.

Capitals' Brooks Orpik could miss Winter Classic with knee injury - CBSSports.com
The Capitals may have to play without defenseman Brooks Orpik at the Winter Classic after the veteran defenseman suffered an apparent knee injury Monday night against the Islanders.

Corey Crawford, Antti Raanta reveal custom masks for 2015 Winter Classic - Second City Hockey
You weren't expecting normal masks for a special game, were you?

News From Around the Hockey World

A Win is a Win... I Guess - The Copper & Blue
The Los Angeles Kings battle back to force a shootout but the Oilers prevail on a goal by David Perron.

Nashville Predators 3, St. Louis Blues 2: No Goal, No Problem - On the Forecheck
The Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues squared off for the 4th time tonight. It ended with the Predators leading the regular season series 3-1, and they'll win that series regardless of the outcome of the final meeting next month.

Video: Oshie finishes off pretty passing play with Backes | ProHockeyTalk
Beauty. But Nashville got the win.

Canucks snap Sharks' home winning streak with 3-1 win - Nucks Misconduct
Bo Horvat, Jannik Hansen, and Radim Vrbata each scored for the Canucks.

Video: Canucks’ Hansen called for hit to head on Sharks’ Wingels | ProHockeyTalk
Now, will he be getting a call from the league?

David Rundblad showcasing improvement for the Blackhawks - Second City Hockey
As he begins to see more consistent playing time, David Rundblad is demonstrating improvement for the Chicago Blackhawks. Isn't that nice.

Let the Bidding Begin - Mile High Hockey
With the Avs' young core struggling to score, it's time for the Avs to start listening to trade offers.

Don't Blame the Offense for Losing - Hockey Wilderness
Offense has historically been the bane of the Wild's existence.

The Bruins Goalscoring woes - Whats the deal? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
There is currently only one Bruin shooting over his career average shooting percentage. Good luck guessing who it is.

The Final Howl

Predators broadcaster hit in the head with a puck (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports