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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Czechs in the mix

Today's Coyotes' Tracks looks at the struggles of the Czech players, the huge favor Dallas did for the Coyotes, and a playoff previous for Arizona's other professional hockey team.

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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes Roundtable: Paying the price for Greiss - Five For Howling
The FFH crew discusses Thomas Greiss' future in Phoenix, when Mike Smith should return and a potential first round match-up.

Coyotes notes: Halpern nominated for Masterton Trophy | FOX Sports on MSN
Greiss: "I don't get too high, don't get too low. Just pretty relaxed. Just maybe a German thing. Pretty laid-back people."

Czech line hasn't materialized into success for Coyotes -
Coach Tippett wasn't satisfied with the Czechs line's ability to get to the front of the net.

Gaudreau, Dowd, and Carey Make Up the Hobey Hat Trick - SB Nation College Hockey
Greg Carey was signed by the Phoenix Coyotes recently.

Sundogs News

CHL Playoffs: Intriguing goalie battle takes center stage in Game 1 - The Prescott Daily Courier
The Sundogs have the CHL's goaltender of the year on their side.

College Hockey

Frozen Four: Union, Boston College, North Dakota and Minnesota make up field for Philadelphia - SB Nation College Hockey
The field for the 2014 Frozen Four in Philadelphia is now set following the conclusion of the two regional finals on Sunday. Boston College and Minnesota joined Union and North Dakota as the four participants in college hockey's penultimate event.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Offense, Penalty Kill Fail In 4-1 Loss To Carolina Hurricanes - Defending Big D
Dallas did the Coyotes an enormous favor by losing 4-1 to Carolina last night.

Wild blow out of the Windy City with a Point - Hockey Wilderness
Your post-game recap of tonight's game between the Wild and Blackhawks.

Flames Rook Bishop: Defeat Bolts 4-1 - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames came down to Tampa Bay to try and defuse the playoff bound Lightning, if only for one night.

Penguins defeat Jets 4-2, clinch Metropolitan Division - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2, officially clinching the Metropolitan Division, getting Dan Bylsma his 250th win as a head coach and welcoming back Paul Martin to the lineup.

Sharks keep faint division hopes alive with win over Kings - Fear The Fin
It's now a whole 2% less likely the Sharks face the team they beat tonight in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Zach Parise hit from behind by Brandon Bollig - Hockey Wilderness
No penalty on the play, but most people seem to agree it was a bad hit.

Bob Nicholson stepping down as Hockey Canada boss; could he take over IIHF? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
There’s always a sense that Canada’s international hockey aspirations are "gold or bust" but it’s Bob Nicholson that made it an organization-wide mantra for Hockey Canada.

Hurricanes score thanks to a crazy bounce -
The Carolina Hurricanes scored off of one of the most ridiculous bounces you will see in the NHL this season.

Drew Doughty suffers upper-body injury, not expected to return (Updated) | ProHockeyTalk
Not good for the Kings.

Gillis Talks New Playing Style, Kesler And More On Team 1040 - Nucks Misconduct
Gillis told the Team 1040 today that he wants the Canucks' style of play changed and all who oppose won't stay here.

Douglas Murray suspended three games for hit on Mike Kostka -
The NHL suspended Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray three games for his hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka.

Rink Roundtable: Changing Suits - Japers' Rink
A painful hypothetical for a painful season.

Do the Winnipeg Jets play down to their competition? - Arctic Ice Hockey
A by the numbers look at how the Jets perform relative to who they are up against.

The Final Howl

Dropping your handgun in a beer league game is not advisable (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports