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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Smitty's good, Pekka's better

Mike Smith is having a good February, but Pekka Rinne is having an amazing year. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

The Arizona Coyotes have a lot of roster flexibility - Five For Howling
Arizona's rebuild may go faster thanks to some deliberately short-sighted roster construction.

Hanzal to have back surgery, likely out for season | ProHockeyTalk
Guess he won't be traded before March 2.

Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett touts team's power-play success - Arizona Sports
And why shouldn't he?

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Sizzlin' Smitty - Five For Howling
Mike Smith had a great week. Christian Dvorak had (another) great month.

Glendale waiting on results of Arizona Coyotes audit - Phoenix Business Journal
A 2013 lease deal between the city and hockey team gives the former the ability to ask for a financial audit.

New Arizona Coyotes majority owner Barroway: 'We're here to stay' - Arizona Sports
Andrew Barroway wants fearful Arizona Coyotes fans to stop worrying. That's probably not going to happen.

Red Wings Trade Speculation: Keith Yandle - Winging It In Motown
As we continue our foray into the trade market trying to find the perfect match for the Red Wings, we head back to Arizona to look at another one of their defensemen.

Fresh Meat: Canucks Claim Brandon McMillan From Coyotes - Nucks Misconduct
The former Coyote is now in the thick of the playoff hunt.

News From Around the Hockey World

Recap: Ducks 2, Hurricanes 1 - Canes Country
Canes dominate at times but come up short.

Canadiens vs Oilers Top Six Minutes: Edmonton pulls of a 4-3 comeback win in OT - Eyes On The Prize
The Montreal Canadiens couldn't hold on, dropping Alex Galchenyuk's birthday game 4-3 in overtime.

Canadiens trip their own goalie, give up overtime goal to Oilers -
Montreal found a way to blow a game against the Oilers.

Nashville Predators 3, Winnipeg Jets 1: MVPekka - On the Forecheck
The Jets looked like they were playing Pong with the goal crease.

WATCH: Predators' Pekka Rinne robs Jets' Bryan Little with head save -
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne used the only thing he had left, his head, to rob Jets forward Bryan Little in the third period.

Filip Forsberg breaks Nashville Predators rookie goal record - On the Forecheck
He continues to impress.

Predators players spent an entire shift running into each other -
The friendly fire couldn't be stopped.

Wild Tame Cats; Beat Panthers 2-1 to Continue Playoff Push - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota makes it seven wins in its last eight games.

Despite injuries, Wild GM is resisting panic trades | ProHockeyTalk
Plenty can change by the deadline.

Game 57 recap: Blues Bursts Bury Bolts 6-3 - Raw Charge
The St. Louis Blues did all their damage in two short stints equaling about eight minutes as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 in Tampa on Thursday night.

Video: Steen’s stellar stretch pass sets up Jaskin goal for Blues | ProHockeyTalk
Impressive stuff.

Game 55 Recap: Avalanche Slide Further From The Playoffs, Fall 6-3 to Rangers - Mile High Hockey
Though the Avs brought their signature fire in the third period, two periods of frustrating play against New York and a desperately underperforming power play held the team back.

L.A. Reigns. Flames vs. Kings Recap - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Seventies were a bad time for the Flames.

Watch Jonathan Quick angrily smash his goalie stick into oblivion -
Jonathan Quick angry reaction .gifs will never get old.

Blackhawks reassign Teuvo Teravainen, recall Kyle Cumiskey and Ryan Hartman - Second City Hockey
'Hawks reassign Teravainen, recall Kyle Cumiskey and Ryan Hartman.

Carcillo over Teuvo is inexplicable and unacceptable - Second City Hockey
Joel Quenneville continues to make curious decisions in his construction of the lineup, scratching Teuvo Teravainen over Daniel Carcillo.

Jay Beagle, Productivity, and Realism - Japers' Rink
A quick look at Jay Beagle's surprising productivity, and the reality behind it.

Dallas Stars' Antoine Roussel Suspended Two Games for Cross-Checking Adam McQuaid - Defending Big D
The Stars have called up Curtis McKenzie to take his spot on the third line.

Las Vegas NHL ticket drive gets 5,000 commitments in 36 hours | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Well that's a pretty darn good start.

The Day the NHL Died: How Far Have We Come Since the Canceled 2005 Season? " Grantland
Ten years ago this week, the NHL was a league in crisis, on the verge of a self-inflicted disaster that was literally unprecedented in major pro sports history.

The NHL's Disciplinary System is Broken and Insufficient - Blueshirt Banter
The NHL's Department of Player Safety is, at best, inconsistent and, at worst, completely ineffective. That's not completely the fault of those handing out punishment. The NHL needs to overhaul how they try to make the league safe.

The Final Howl

Dan Sexton with stupendous dive of year candidate in KHL (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports