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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks- McEichel Playoffs Part One

Get ready for the only playoffs Coyote fans will be seeing this season, it's a race to the bottom and part one starts tonight!

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Coyotes News

It pays to lose when Sabres and Coyotes meet -- USA Today
When the Buffalo Sabres host the Arizona Coyotes tonight, winning is in neither team's long-term best interest.

Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan: 'There is no chance that a player is going to tank' -- AZSports
Shane Doan isn't naive. He isn't dumb, either.

Tippett: 'Coaches and players don't play for draft picks' | FOX Sports
The stakes in Thursday's Coyotes game in Buffalo are far different for the players and coaches than they are for the fans.

Will Dave Tippett be back with Coyotes next season? | ProHockeyTalk
A pair of NHL insiders have their doubts.

Arizona Coyotes not looking ahead to McDavid-Eichel sweepstakes -- AZCentral
At 29th, the Coyotes are in serious contention to land the top pick in this summer's draft but that hasn't stopped them from still trying to win games this season.

The state of the Coyotes' goaltending system - Five For Howling
Who are the best goalies in the Coyotes organization now and possibly in the future?

Who's Hot, Who's Not: OEL & W - Five For Howling
For the Coyotes and their fans, winning isn't frequent these days. Yet while this season may have ended a while ago, there are legitimate reasons to not fear the future.

Portland Pirates

Pirates power past St. John's, 6-0 - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Four power-play goals lead to lopsided victory.

News From Around the Hockey World

Report: NHL's 'McDavid-Eichel' draft lottery to be held April 18 -
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft lottery will be held April 18, according to a report from Sportsnet.

Kari Lehtonen Keeps Hope Alive As Stars Down Flames 4-3 in Shootout - Defending Big D
Hemsky tallied twice, but it was Kari Lehtonen who kept Dallas above water as they defeated a Flames team that just wouldn't quit.

Game 73 recap: Avs rally, fall in Edmonton 4-3 - Mile High Hockey
After completing a comeback from three goals down, the Avalanche yield the decisive goal on the power play with 9:18 left.

Flyers vs. Blackhawks recap: Flyers celebrate Kimmo return in style - Broad Street Hockey
The big story was Kimmo Timonen's long-awaited return to Philadelphia, but the Flyers did their best to make the night even better, taking down Chicago by a score of 4-1.

'Hamburglar' and Senators coach say donate food, don't throw it - Ottawa - CBC News
Goalie Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond and Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron are throwing their support behind an Ottawa food bank's call for fans celebrating the team's victories to donate food instead of tossing it onto the ice.

Offseason could bring dramatic coaching changes - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Will Mike Babcock or Todd McLellan end up in Toronto? Is Claude Julien out in Boston? Expect big changes behind the bench this offseason.

Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit -
The NHL's motion to dismiss concussion litigation filed against the league by former players was denied be a U.S. district court judge based on insufficient arguments.

NHL Network Can't Get Out of Its Own Way - Winging It In Motown
We're in the waning weeks of the NHL season. Over the next few weeks, the schedule will be filled with games that have interesting playoff implications which could not be foreseen last October

How the Calgary Flames Are Laughing at Advanced Stats " Grantland
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There’s an NHL hockey team that’s not all that good according to the numbers, yet somehow keeps winning.

WHL team ‘parts ways’ with Claude Noel | ProHockeyTalk
Challenging year-and-change for Winnipeg's former coach.

The Final Howl

Buffalo bar offers Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel drinks with cruel twist | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports