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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Czeching back

With Erat back in the lineup everyone's favorite line might be back as well! The Coyotes sign a promising prospect and an NHL coach hits 700, all in today's tracks!

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Coyotes News

St. Lawrence's Greg Carey Signs with Phoenix Coyotes - SB Nation College Hockey
The St. Lawrence senior sniper chooses the Coyotes over multiple suitors.

Coyotes finally get a look at Czech-mate line | FOX Sports Arizona
Martin Erat will return to the lineup Thursday and play with fellow Czechs Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata.

NHL goalies accept pain for love of the trade --
Accepting the pain of the position isn't always easy, but it usually happens early in a goalie's career.

Phoenix Coyotes coach: Goalie Mike Smith comes up big late in the season
"He's the one that's dictating that right now; he wants to be in there every game," the coach said of Smith's ice time. "We'll probably in that road trip next week we have a back-to-back, we'll probably give him one of those games off."

Coyotes captain Doan: Keith Yandle and Mike Smith key to recent success
"Yandle has been huge for us all year," Doan said. "I will take Keith Yandle on my team every single day of the week. The guy just makes plays and when the game is on the line, he's the guy you want on the ice because he finds ways to contribute."

Dave King leads Yaroslav Lokomotiv into second round of KHL playoffs - The Globe and Mail
Yaroslav lost its entire team in that plane crash back in September of 2011, forcing them to rebuild an historic organization from the ground up

Phoenix Coyotes Roundtable: Curse of the two-goal lead - Five For Howling
The FFH crew discuses Mike Smith's hot play, playoff possibilities and why the Coyotes seem to blow so many two-goal leads.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs find home oh so sweet - Five For Howling
The Arizona Sundogs returned home and faced the St. Charles Chill on Friday and Saturday. This was the first time that St. Charles would take to the ice in Arizona.

Sundogs Named 11 Times in CHL's Best of the Best Poll --
The Central Hockey League’s (CHL) annual "Best of the Best" Poll was released today and the Arizona Sundogs were named in 11 of the 50 categories. Voting is conducted by CHL players, coaches and operational staff from each of the league’s 10 teams.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks Hand Blues First Central Division Regulation Loss - Second City Hockey
Hawks give the St. Louis Blues a tough 4-0 loss that ended with Joel Quenneville getting his 700th win and Patrick Kane possibly being out long term with an injury,

Patrick Kane injury: Blackhawks forward will miss 3 weeks -
Patrick Kane will be sidelined for three weeks with a leg injury after Brenden Morrow fell on him Wednesday night.

Joel Quenneville gets 700th career win, Blackhawks lose Patrick Kane | Post-to-Post
Wednesday’s win was the 700th of his career, which is 82 behind Al Arbour and, well, still 544 behind the record holder, Scotty Bowman.

Tampa Bay and leads do not play well together in the post-Olympics NHL - Raw Charge
Bad habits die hard, and the Lightning need to correct this one immediately.

Paul Ranger injury: Maple Leafs defenseman taken off on stretcher after Alex Killorn hit -
Alex Killorn was ejected and could face additional discipline after hitting Paul Ranger from behind, sending him head first into the boards.

Fan runs on ice in Toronto -
How does a fan get on the ice at a hockey game?

Recap: Winnipeg Jets pile up the goals in 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets managed to overcome some poor defence and leaky goaltending by taking advantage of worse defence and worse goaltending in defeating the Avalanche 5-4 in overtime.

Third period goals from Jensen and Edler lift Canucks to 2-0 win over Predators - Nucks Misconduct
The goals from Nicklas Jensen and Alex Edler came just 73 seconds apart while Eddie Lack's fourth shutout of the year kept Vancouver's slim playoff hopes alive for a little longer.

Rich Peverley undergoes successful heart surgery - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. However, Peverley may need further treatment and there has been no decision yet on his future in hockey.

Cam Fowler has sprained MCL, Ducks defenseman out 3-5 weeks -
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who leads the team in minutes per game, is going to miss the next 3-5 weeks with a sprained MCL.

What Your Season Ticket Holder Dollars Get You Around the League: A League-Wide Comparison of Perks - Silver Seven
Have you ever wondered how your STH perks compared with other packages around the league?

KHL officially confirms three expansion teams for next season | ProHockeyTalk
Sochi, Tolyatti and Jokerit.

The Final Howl

VIDEO: Sharks make young fan's wish come true with emotional scene -
Sam Tageson has had a heart complication since birth but on Tuesday the 18-year-old got to live out his dream to play with the Sharks. It was a powerfully emotional scene in San Jose.