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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - a new identity and a new home

The Arizona Coyotes may have a new minor league affiliate, and maybe should consider a new look. Both stories plus playoff coverage in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Could the Arizona Coyotes make a major design change? - Five For Howling
Times are changing for the Arizona Coyotes; could the team be on the verge of an identity change?

Arizona Coyotes Roundtable: Season Wrap-Up - Heat Waved
This season for the Arizona Coyotes didn't go quite according to plan as the team finished with the worst record since the organization moved to Phoenix.

Bickley: NHL draft lottery will test Valley's luck, could save Coyotes' Arizona future -
Good luck hasn't always smiled on Valley sports fans. That needs to change on Saturday with the NHL Draft Lottery.

AHL News

Report: Springfield Falcons to be AHL affiliate for Arizona Coyotes - Five For Howling
Reports suggest the Arizona Coyotes will have a new AHL affiliate for next season.

Avalanche Swap AHL Affiliation to San Antonio - Mile High Hockey
After months of speculation, the AHL will officially announce a series of re-affiliations tomorrow morning.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 1 Recap: Too Little, Too Late - St. Louis Game Time
The game started late...And so did the Blues.

WATCH: Jason Zucker Start the Scoring in St. Louis - Hockey Wilderness
Jason Zucker ladies and gentlemen. Recovering his own rebound to kick off the scoring in the playoffs!

Instant Recap: Anaheim Ducks Fly into the Winnipeg Jets Engine and Down the Plane - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Winnipeg Jets playoff ticket has been punched. The team also received stiff punch in the eye, dropping their opening game versus the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.

WATCH: Corey Perry's go-ahead goal barely crosses goal line -
Corey Perry was the only one in the building who knew he scored the go-ahead goal in Game 1 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Video: Ducks give Winnipeg rude welcome to playoffs, Jets quickly respond | ProHockeyTalk
This series is going to be physical, if the opening period is an indication.

Game Recap: Red Wings survive Lightning storm, take Game 1 - Winging It In Motown
Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in his playoff debut to lead the Detroit Red Wings over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Atlantic Divison semifinal.

VIDEO: Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk scores 8 seconds into period -
Pavel Datsyuk is forever and always the Magic Man.

Rangers vs. Penguins Game 1 Recap: Rangers Hang on to Defeat Penguins 2-1 - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period, and held on to take Game 1 by a final score of 2-1.

Video: Rangers beat Fleury just 28 seconds into series | ProHockeyTalk
Brassard took advantage of a big rebound.

From desert to Broadway, the playoffs journey for Rangers’ Yandle | New York Post
"It’s obviously a lot different," he said, "but it’s what you aspire for and want to play for is something like this."

P.K. Subban says he never threatened Mark Stone - Eyes On The Prize
After Bryan Murray accused Subban of threatening to injure Mark Stone, Subban says it never happened.

10 Observations in the Aftermath of ‘The Slash’ " Grantland
Like NBC's The Slap, only more meaningful.

Blackhawks vs. Predators, 2015 NHL Playoffs: Corey Crawford gets nod for Game 2 over Scott Darling - Second City Hockey
'It's kind of a no-brainer,' Coach Joel Quenneville says.

Fisher, who leaves ‘big shoes to fill,’ day-to-day for Preds | ProHockeyTalk
Veteran center left Wednesday's Game 1 against Chicago with a lower-body injury.

Sam Bennett and Michael Ferland proving the youth movement strong in Calgary - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan helped lead the Flames this year. Gaudreau and Monahan are both pretty young. But wait: there're more.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dear Craig MacTavish: Shut up. - The Copper & Blue
The Oiler GM's end of season press conference could not have been more Oiler-y. Which is to say that within about the first few minutes you knew it was going to be a big disappointment, but there was nothing to do but watch it slowly unfold before you.

Drew Remenda: Thornton's comment 'wasn't a jab' at McLellan - Fear The Fin
Former Sharks broadcaster shared his conversation with Thornton on Edmonton radio.

How does the NHL Draft Lottery work? - Die By The Blade
This short video explains everything you need to know in order to understand this year's NHL Draft Lottery.

WATCH: Goalies Jacob Markstrom, Peter Mannino fight in AHL game -
Just about the only thing the NHL playoffs did not have on Wednesday was a goalie fight. Fortunately, the AHL was able to provide one.

Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad to represent Canada at IIHF World Championship - Litter Box Cats
Cats' rookie to don the maple leaf in the Czech Republic.

The Final Howl

Watch Ben O'Connor's between-the-legs penalty shot goal at IIHF Worlds (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports