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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - OEL is awesome, Arizona is not

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a great game, but the Arizona Coyotes lost anyway. More on that in today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Ekman-Larsson scores twice, but the Arizona Coyotes lose to Avalanche - Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes were unable to turn Oliver Ekman-Larsson's two goals into two points.

Colorado Avalanche down Arizona Coyotes | FOX Sports
Iginla's 23rd goal helps Avalanche top Coyotes 5-2.

Game 70 Recap: Avalanche Bury the Coyotes 5-2 - Mile High Hockey
The Avs picked up two important points in the Arizona desert, but they failed to gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

Coyotes' Mike Smith claws his way out of bad start - USA Today
The benchmark isn't close to where the best in the league reside, but it's still a milepost worth acknowledging — especially since it's eluded Coyotes goalie Mike Smith for the entire season.

Top 20: Arizona Coyotes prospects - Along the Boards
It's been a tough season for the Arizona Coyotes, but with a stacked prospect pool and ample draft picks, the 'Yotes are positioned for a speedy rebuild.

NHL Draft Tank Powerless Rankings: Arizona races to the bottom | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Next week's showdown is going to be must-watch TV.

AHL News

Report: Coyotes AHL Now Moving to Springfield? - Frozen Futures - A Minor League Hockey Fan Site
Yesterday we posted about the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers possible switching AHL affiliates between Portland and San Antonio. Now, it seems like the move might not be quite as dramatic.

News From Around the Hockey World

Canucks Sh*t The Bed Against CBJ; Lose 6-2 - Nucks Misconduct
Well, when you put it THAT way...

Recap: Winnipeg Jets Win Nail-Biter Over St. Louis Blue - Arctic Ice Hockey
Stafford-Scheifele-Wheeler and Pavelec combine to earn the Jets a thrilling 2-1 shoot-out win.

Retro Night Delight: Flames vs. Flyers Recap - Matchsticks and Gasoline
It took them until halfway through the second to wake up, but when they were awake, the Flames steamrolled the hapless Flyers.

Craig Berube treats Steve Mason like total garbage and I'm sick of it - Broad Street Hockey
His handling of his goaltender has been terrible all year, but it was downright disrespectful on Thursday in Calgary.

Revamped lines all contribute to dominant win over Maple Leafs - Fear The Fin
Each of the Sharks' top three lines scored in a 4-1 win over Toronto.

Leafs running out of bad things to say about themselves | ProHockeyTalk
For Toronto, the 2014-15 campaign can't end soon enough.

Jamie Benn's Two-Point Night Leads Dallas Stars Over Pittsburgh Penguins - Defending Big D
Shenanigans reigned at the AAC Thursday night as the Stars out-lasted the agitated Penguins.

Capitalized at the X: Wild Rally Twice, Come Up Short - Hockey Wilderness
Wild can't best Braden Holtby and Capitals. Alex Ovechkin proved to be the difference on the scoresheet as the Wild fall in regulation.

Montreal Canadiens announce partnership with CWHL's Montreal Stars | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is great news for women's hockey.

Even without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks keep winning - CBSSports.com
It's been nearly a month since the Chicago Blackhawks lost star winger Patrick Kane to injury and the team hasn't stopped winning. They can thank their all-star level depth and great goaltending for that.

Video: Jagr scores 718th goal, passes Phil Esposito | ProHockeyTalk
He's also approaching fourth place on the points list.

Zdeno Chara misses check, smashes into glass - SBNation.com
Sometimes, being ridiculously tall can make life difficult.

What Can Cam Talbot Bring The Rangers in a Trade? - Blueshirt Banter
The surprising play of Cam Talbot is surely catching the eyes of a few NHL GMs. What will his trade value ultimately be? Here's a look back at recent trades involving goaltenders similar to Talbot.

Eichel wins Player of the Year as BU sweeps Hockey East major awards - SB Nation College Hockey
Regular-season champion Boston University swept the major awards handed out at Thursday night's annual Hockey East Awards Banquet held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.

Daly: ‘I don’t think any of the teams are actively tanking’ | ProHockeyTalk
If you say so.

Rangers' Alain Vigneault among five coaches worthy of Jack Adams - CBSSports.com
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has done a phenomenal job with the Rangers this year. Perhaps he should be getting a long look for the Jack Adams Award.

CapGeek founder Matthew Wuest has passed away | ProHockeyTalk
Terrible news. Rest in peace.

The Final Howl

Curtis Lazar eats hamburger thrown on ice - SBNation.com