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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - live in L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings return to the Staples Center tonight for Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Stanley Cup News

2014 Stanley Cup Final Rangers Vs. Kings: Bring It Back Home, Boys - Blueshirt Banter
Some notes before the Rangers try to extend this Stanley Cup Final to a Game 6.

New additions have made the Kings' offense formidable - Jewels From The Crown
How much of an impact has the presence of Pearson, Toffoli and Gaborik had on the Kings roster?

The Hockey Gods ruined the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup party plans -
The Kings had their family in town and the champagne waiting, but the Hockey Gods were not ready for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final to end.

Nothing goes easily for the Kings this postseason - USA Today
The Rangers put a fair amount of pressure on the Kings to win at home.

Nash doing everything but scoring; Vigneault feels his forward will be rewarded | ProHockeyTalk
Only three goals in these playoffs.

Coyotes News

For Coyotes to hit Kings' status, patience required -
It was painful for the Coyotes to have their magical playoff run two years ago come to a crashing halt against the Kings, but they should probably feel just as miserable this spring.

GM Don Maloney Seeks to Model Phoenix Coyotes After Detroit Red Wings | Bleacher Report
Over twenty years of consecutive playoff appearances have made the Red Wings the model franchise of the NHL.

Phoenix Coyotes prospects missed out on playoff exposure in 2013-14 - Hockey's Future
None of the professional organizations in the Coyotes network made the playoffs, but several major-junior prospects saw postseason action.

News From Around the Hockey World

Oilers Add Craig Ramsay to the Coaching Staff, More Changes to Come. - The Copper & Blue
After six seasons behind the Oilers bench Kelly Buchberger has been given a new job. Filling the spot vacated by Buchberger will be Craig Ramsay, a man whose coaching career began in 1986.

2013-14 Season in Review: Kris Letang - PensBurgh
We continue our look back at the individual performances in the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins season with the oft injured former Norris finalist, Kris Letang.

Draft: Defense talent drops off after Aaron Ekblad - USA Today
A notably weak draft class is even weaker on defense.

Brodeur: 2014-15 will probably be my last year | ProHockeyTalk
He might not hang up his skates as a member of the New Jersey Devils though.

The Center Trade? - Anaheim Calling
Spezza and Kesler and Thornton, oh my!

Dallas Stars Top Six Goal Scoring Forwards Vs NHL - Defending Big D
How do the Stars top six forward goal scorers compare to the rest of the NHL?

Spezza gives list of 10 teams he won’t accept a trade | ProHockeyTalk
The Senators captain will control part of his destiny.

Burning Questions: Top 6 Replacements - Silver Seven
With Spezza, Michalek, and Hemsky on their way out, the Burning Questions series investigates who could possibly be replacing them this offseason.

To ‘attack’ embellishment, NHL wants to ‘bring alive’ old rule | ProHockeyTalk
"It’s about making everyone aware that this player does embellish." Sure it is.

Can Teams Suppress Shots Without Possession? - Pension Plan Puppets
My sense of this is... no.

NHL rumors: UFA Dan Boyle has interest in Toronto Maple Leafs -
Dan Boyle said he wanted to go somewhere to win a Cup. Or apparently Toronto.

Evander Kane claims he acted in self-defence in response to civil suit | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Evander Kane's telling of the events in the suit seems slightly more plausible.

Predators promote Ben Vanderklok to head goaltending coach, Mitch Korn won't return - On the Forecheck
Getting a chance to coach Pekka Rinne is probably as close to a dream job as you can get.

The Final Howl

Cam Neely's Sea Bass cameo in 'Dumb and Dumber To' may make final cut | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports