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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - #USABest

Yesterday the United States of America cruised to victory over Slovakia at the Winter Olympics. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes spread the Valentine's Day love -
Some of these are truly groan-worthy.

$30,000 to fix rink assailed as too low -
Major changes to public ice surfaces in the Valley are underway.

Turns out Hanzal was a healthy scratch against Sweden | ProHockeyTalk
Curious decisions abound for Czechs.

Olympics News

FOX Sports Arizona Olympic hockey predictions | FOX Sports on MSN
Oh, Canada? Home cooking for the Russians? Or another Miracle on Ice? See how Coyotes officials and the FOX Sports Arizona hockey crew predict things will turn out in Sochi.

2014 Winter Olympics: USA and Canada win tournament openers - Five For Howling
A look at all of today's hockey action in Sochi, including the start of the men's tournament for the North Americans.

Slovakia vs. Team USA final score: Americans dominant in 7-1 rout -
Team USA scored six goals in the second period on their way to a dominant win over Slovakia on Thursday.

Winter Olympics 2014: Canada edges Norway in Olympic debut -
It was closer than any Canadian fan wanted it to be, but Canada edged out Norway with a slim 3-1 victory on the backs of Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron and Drew Doughty.

Host Russia Holds Off Slovenia in Opener -
Goals from Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Valeri Nichushkin, and fomer NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk propelled the Russians to victory.

Smith to back up Luongo against Austria Friday | ProHockeyTalk
It'll be his first appearance in the Olympics.

Gladiators News

Gladiators trade Corbin to Evansville | Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Gladiators traded one of their most effective defenseman to Evansville in exchange for future considerations Thursday.

News From Around the Hockey World

The Forgotten Man on Defense: Adam Larsson - In Lou We Trust
The second best Larsson in the league is an important part of the Devils' defense.

Johan Hedberg Signed To Professional Tryout in Albany - Pucks and Pitchforks
Guess who's back? Back again?

Kootenay Ice's Sam Reinhart is consensus first pick in projections for 2014 NHL Draft - 2014 NHL Draft
Will Edmonton select another forward?

PHOTO: San Jose Sharks spend vacation by catching real shark -
With the NHL on break, members of the Sharks went fishing and somewhat ironically left with one big shark.

The Final Howl

Nation Intrigued By Bizarre Olympic Sport Of Hockey | The Onion - America's Finest News Source