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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - major losses

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The Arizona Coyotes lost last night's game, and may have lost Oliver Ekman-Larsson for a time. More on both stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona fights and fights, but can't steal one away - Five For Howling
Despite being outshot 45-18, the Coyotes keep it close in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks behind the play of goaltender Mike Smith.

Arizona Coyotes fall to Chicago Blackhawks, perpetuate skid: By the Numbers - Arizona Sports
Arizona's misery continued Thursday, as the team fell to the visiting Blackhawks, losing their 15th game of the last 17.

Kris Versteeg tries to skate away with puck, falls down instead - SBNation.com
Things did not go well for Kris on Thursday.

Antoine Vermette preoccupied with Cup chase, not Coyotes reunion | FOX Sports
Antoine Vermette didn't mind the fact that he had to fly back to Phoenix from Boston with his former Coyotes teammates after being told moments before takeoff that he had been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gladiators News

Gladiators trade Pierro-Zabotel, Guggenberger at deadline | Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett gets two players and future considerations in exchange for top scorer.

News From Around the Hockey World

Nashville Predators 0, San Jose Sharks 2: Another loss comes all too quickly for the Preds - On the Forecheck
Hello darkness my old friend...

Penguins blow four goal lead, salvage win 6 - 4 - The Copper & Blue
Penguins throw away a four goal lead like they're straight up board of playing the Oilers, pull it together for 6-4 win.

Recap: Avalanche Outlast Devils in Shootout - Mile High Hockey
The Avalanche took on The New Jersey Devils Thursday night as Varly returned to action.

Recap: Stars 5, Hurricanes 3 - Canes Country
Rask and Nestrasil try to save flat Canes, but it's too little too late.

Recap: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Goals - St. Louis Game Time
Bobbling heads, hot goaltenders, and records. Just your typical Blues game.

Watch David Backes lay devastating, clean hit on Flyers player - SBNation.com
Michael Raffl forgot to look before turning left.

Recap: Kings Stifle Canucks, Regain Playoff Spot - Jewels From The Crown
LA dominates the second and third periods to shut out Vancouver, advance into playoff position.

Doughty has gotten used to logging nearly 30 minutes per game | ProHockeyTalk
"It doesn’t seem like I’m any more tired or any less tired."

Jets Left in Litterbox - Arctic Ice Hockey
A sub-par effort vs. the Florida Panthers see Winnipeg facing the very real possibility of falling out of the playoff hunt.

Video: MacKenzie dives forward to score incredible goal | ProHockeyTalk
Dave Bolland played a big role in this one too with his blind pass.

Who are the leading scorers for each nation in the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Zuccarello is the king of Norway; what other prominent nationalities in the NHL, and the leaders in those categories?

2015 NHL Draft: Answering the Strome or Marner question - Pension Plan Puppets
Food for thought for the Coyotes.

Oh Johnny Boy: Islanders, Boychuk agree to 7-year, $42 million extension - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders have now locked up both of their pre-season defense acquisitions, signing defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a 7-year, $42 million deal.

Don't compare Johnny Boychuk with Andrew MacDonald because it will make you cry - Broad Street Hockey
The financial difference between the two is $1 million.

Klein Out Three-to-Four Weeks with 'Upper-Body Injury' - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers will be without defenseman Kevin Klein for the next month, the team announced on Thursday.

AHL shakeup continues as Canadiens, Jets relocate affiliates - CBSSports.com
The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets have relocated their AHL affiliates to St. John's, Newfoundland, and Winnipeg respectively as the AHL franchise carousel rolls on.

Doug MacLean hired private investigator to spy on Nikolai Zherdev | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Nikolai Zherdev, you were a sketchy man when you were with Columbus. Who knows what you did off the ice. It was important management had some sort of inkling onto what you did in your private time.

The Final Howl

VIDEO: Minor league hockey coach melts down, tries to confront ref on ice - CBSSports.com