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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - 5 and 0

A blown lead for Chicago, a returning Russian for the Coyotes and Wheel of Miller! All in today's tracks!

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Jonathan Daniel

Playoffs News

Whip It, Whip It Good Blackhawks 2, Kings 6- Second City Hockey
Kings Whip The Blackhawks In Game 2 Of The Western Conference Final.

Habs to start Tokarski again in Game 3 | ProHockeyTalk
Peter Budaj sits, again.

How are the Stanley Cup Playoffs ratings for NBC? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
NBC has been rather lucky with its matchups thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Like, leprechaun wearing horseshoes picking a four-leaf clover lucky.

The Los Angeles Kings have started a pizza war -
Sorry Chicago, the Kings don't believe in your pizza.

Coyotes News

Coyotes contact Tikhonov about possible NHL return | ProHockeyTalk
The club's first-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Coyotes in no rush to contact their own free agents --
Of the six unrestricted free agents left on the Coyotes' roster, only one has received a call in the weeks since the season ended expressing interest in his return.

Projecting the Coyotes Playoff Chances Next Season --
Only 12 teams with a negative goal differential have made the playoffs since the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. Unfortunately the Coyotes were not one of them.

News From Around the Hockey World

Jim Benning hired as Vancouver Canucks general manager, according to report -
Jim Benning will be hired as the Canucks general manager, and he'll be tasked with hiring a new head coach.

Bruins keen on keeping Jarome Iginla after strong season -
The one-year deal the Bruins and Jarome Iginla agreed to for 2013-14 worked so well the Bruins would love to do it again for next season.

Report: Ducks, Sharks not interested in Ryan Miller | ProHockeyTalk
Maybe the Yotes should pick him up...just so he can't beat them...

Ryan Miller And The Myth Of The Savior Goalie --
The acquisition of Ryan Miller by the Blues is a study in why relying on goaltending to solve a team's problems rarely succeeds.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in Russia lineup for World Championship quarterfinals - - News
Guess that knee injury wasn't quite as bad as originally thought.

‘Realistic chance’ Wild will carry three goalies next year | ProHockeyTalk
Muddled in Minnesota.

NHL stats: No matter the method, don’t make snap judgements when evaluating players -
Small samples just aren't that meaningful. Even expert scouts' ratings of recent performance aren't particularly strong indicators of what's to come.

The Final Howl

The Doc Emrick Soundboard Is Here -- Deadspin
Last year we brought you this list of terms NBC hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick used to describe passes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and then we set them to music. Now we're putting the power of Doc in your hands, with a clickable soundboard featuring 121 different clips of the legendary broadcaster's verbiage.