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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Stars shine bright

The Stars shine bright when the Coyotes play Dallas, but last night it was Arizona's that shone the brightest. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

In battle of the Southwest, the Arizona Coyotes come out victorious - Five For Howling
Arizona played a solid defensive game to beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

Huge if True: What would the Coyotes give up for Auston Matthews? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Short version: not as much as speculation would suggest.

Rieder Looks To Be Core Piece Of Coyotes Rebuild - TSS
As a restricted free agent, Rieder doesn’t expect to break the bank with his next deal. The Coyotes are only obligated to offer him a 105 percent raise on his current $925,000 salary (with a $92,500 signing bonus), but the fact that Maloney has opted to negotiate within the season is a clear sign of how much the Coyotes value Rieder’s game.

CHL's Best - Yahoo Sports
Look who earns mentions in the OHL and QMJHL...

News From Around the Hockey World

Ducks clinch playoff spot in fitting way: By coming back from the dead – ProHockeyTalk
They lost a weird one to the Maple Leafs, 6-5 in OT.

Wild welcome back Niklas Backstrom with 6 goals over his Flames - Hockey Wilderness
Zach Parise scored a hat trick in 16 minutes of the first period.

Nashville Predators 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (SO): Craig Smith Caps Comeback in the Shootout - On the Forecheck
Nashville won in epic fashion as they came back to beat the Canucks tonight.

Avs Collapse in the 3rd; Impale Playoff Prospects - Mile High Hockey
The Avs played hard for a lot of the game, but a poor final ten minutes sealed the fate in the team's latest 3rd period collapse.

Mark Stuart Returns; Jets Win 4-1 - Arctic Ice Hockey
Coincidence? Obviously not.

NHL completely jobs Bruins out of key goal in loss to Panthers (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
What the hell else do you need for "conclusive?" A sworn affidavit from Luongo’s pad that it witnessed the puck behind the goal line?

Expiring contracts are the missing piece of the NHL expansion draft puzzle - Broad Street Hockey
As more information continues to be released regarding the upcoming expansion drafts, one big question remains: what about a team's expiring contracts?

Joe Thornton's case for the Hart Trophy - Fear The Fin
It's a long shot, but the Sharks forward has a case.

Should the Devils Bring Cory Schneider Back This Season? - All About The Jersey
The Devils play since goaltender Cory Schneider has been injured could be described as sub-par at best. With reports that he is nearing a return to the ice, I question today if it's wise to have him come back before next season.

Blue Jackets' Jared Boll suspended 4 games for hit on Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Broad Street Hockey
He's considered a repeat offender by the NHL.

Auston Matthews to play for Team USA at World Championships | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Can he be a difference maker for Team USA? Matthews’ skill-set has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Chicago Blackhawks pivot Jonathan Toews.

Remembering the Holy Cross Upset 10 Years Later - SB Nation College Hockey
Looking back at the historic moment when Holy Cross upset Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament.

Watch Boston and Hockey icons congratulate Claude Julien on his Coaching Record - Stanley Cup of Chowder
he Bruins got a bunch of coaches from either current Boston teams or previous winning Boston teams to congratulate Claude on becoming the winningest coach in Bruins history.

The Final Howl

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