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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - the best laid plans

An Auston Matthews for OEL swap? A game in front of no fans? A Russian enigma with a personal snowplow? See all the best laid plans gone awry in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes trying to adjust to tough second-half play -
The second half of the season has led to tighter games, and the Coyotes have struggled to keep pace.

Hockey World: If Oilers win draft lottery again, they should trade chance at Auston Matthews for prize defenceman Ekman-Larsson | Edmonton Journal
I'm sure this will be received well.

Falcons News

Frank Vatrano leads Providence Bruins over Springfield Falcons |
The Springfield Falcons could not stop the league's best power play in a 4-1 loss to the Providence Bruins on Friday night.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks vs. Panthers final score 2016: Luongo, Florida blank Chicago 4-0 - Second City Hockey
Chicago drops its second straight game in Florida.

Huge weekend for the Florida Panthers, as Aaron Ekblad returns | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"I can’t worry about what Chicago’s going to bring tonight," he said. "I gotta worry about my team."

Surging Sharks have made a big move up the standings – ProHockeyTalk
They're 6-0-1 in their last seven.

William Nylander in non-contact practice with Marlies - Pension Plan Puppets
Nylander appeared on the ice for non-contact practice for the first time since his WJC injury.

The Flyers’ push for the playoffs will be fueled by Voracek, Couturier - Broad Street Hockey
Both together and on separate lines, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek have been playing excellent hockey lately -- and after Thursday's rough outing with Couturier missing, it should be clear how vital he is to this team's success.

Let's Talk: Wild power play in dire need of repair. - Hockey Wilderness
The power play has been a subject for consternation 'round these parts. Even though the Wild scored for the first time on the power play in 25 tries, the power play fixed it is not.

Jonathan Drouin: On the virtue of selfishness in today's NHL - Raw Charge
Is Jonathan Drouin really a villain here?

Tampa newspaper tears into ‘crybaby, quitter, disaster’ Drouin – ProHockeyTalk
Tell us how you really feel.

Alex Ovechkin isn't afraid of blizzard, plans to plow neighbors' driveways -
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin probably will not be playing any hockey this weekend, so he is going to use his own snow plow to clean his neighbors' driveways.

Oilers Recall Reinhart. Place Davidson on the IR. - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers place a call to Bakersfield to replace Brandon Davidson.

Red Wings place Joakim Andersson on waivers - Winging It In Motown
Joakim Andersson is a pending UFA with 3 points in 25 games for the Red Wings this season.

LOOK: AHL team plays in front of empty building due to winter storm -
The AHL's Charlotte Checkers had to close Friday's game to the public due to the winter storm covering the east coast.

The Final Howl

Maple Leafs try to guess teammate in painting, hilarity ensues - Pension Plan Puppets