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Monday's Coyotes Tracks - the storm before the storm

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The playoff teams around the NHL are gearing up for a heck of a fight. The non-playoff teams are in a tempest of their own making.

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Coyotes News

Tippett, Doan futures depend on Coyotes' plan | FOX Sports
Coach Dave Tippett and captain Shane Doan don't want to be part of a lengthy Coyotes rebuilding project.

The Arizona Coyotes 2014-15 season-in-review: By the Numbers - Arizona Sports
The valleys far outnumbered the peaks for the Arizona Coyotes during the 2014-15 season, but with an eye toward the future, hope is on the horizon.

Coyotes' 'frustrating' season comes to a close - azcentral.com
But a lesson can be gleaned from the fall-from-grace experienced by the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings and the Bruins, who won the Presidents' Trophy for the league's best record last season: fates can flip in a hurry.

Three Stars Of The Arizona Coyotes Season - Heat Waved
It was a rough year for the Arizona Coyotes, but there were still some bright spots from the season. Here's three players who stood out in particular.

Tippett, who might be able to opt out, can’t see himself ‘doing that again’ | ProHockeyTalk
"My belief is that you should try to make the playoffs every year."

Pirates News

Pirates stumble toward the finish line with seventh straight loss - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland remains tied for the final playoff berth after a 3-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Expert Picks: 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round selections - CBSSports.com
CBSSports.com NHL writers Chris Peters and Adam Gretz make their picks for who will advance past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Ottawa Senators improbable journey to the playoffs - Silver Seven
The Ottawa Senators have had the greatest turnaround in NHL regular season history.

Ducks vs. Jets: How They Fared in the Regular Season - Anaheim Calling
The Anaheim Ducks seek to expand on a perfect 3-0-0 regular season record when facing the Winnipeg Jets in round one of the post-season showdowns.

Patrick Kane 'probable' for Game 1 against the Predators, according to report - Second City Hockey
Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy.

Blackhawks recall Antti Raanta, Kyle Cumiskey from AHL - Second City Hockey
Chicago adds third goaltender, blue-line presence to Stanley Cup Playoffs roster.

NHL Playoffs: New York Islanders injuries key lineup decisions vs Washington Capitals - Lighthouse Hockey
The progress of injuries to Travis Hamonic, Frans Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski loom large for the New York Islanders' playoff series with the Washington Capitals.

News From Around the Hockey World

L.A. Kings locked coach out of locker room, per report - SBNation.com
They barred the door with trash cans!

Report: Eichel invited to join Team USA at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
Why not?

Corey Crawford, Carey Price win Jennings Trophy - Second City Hockey
First time since 2002-03 season goaltenders on different teams share award.

Jaromir Jagr signs on for another year with the Panthers - Litter Box Cats
The NHL's leading scorer among active players will be back with the Cats next season.

Leafs fire Horachek and Nonis: Our thoughts - Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs have fired their general manager Dave Nonis and their head coach Peter Horachek.

Ted Nolan fired as Buffalo Sabres head coach - Die By The Blade
The coach of the worst team in the league has been relieved of his duties.

Which NHL non-playoff teams could make a run next year? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
There were quite a few surprise playoff teams this season, from Ottawa to Vancouver to Calgary. We take a look at the playoff teams on the outs that should make the playoffs next year.

Report: Oilers to offer Schultz a one-year deal | ProHockeyTalk
He's scheduled to become a restricted free agent.

The Final Howl

What Were the Kings Doing behind Those Locked Doors? - Jewels From The Crown