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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - the Sun Belt's time to shine

Florida, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Jose were all in action on night two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes will currently pick seventh in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft - Five For Howling
Arizona finishes within the top ten heading into the Draft Lottery. But a lot could change on April 30th.

POLL: Tempe, Phoenix are fans' top choices for the location of a new Arizona Coyotes arena - ABC15 Arizona
Almost an even-split between Tempe and Phoenix, with Scottsdale running third.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Dallas Stars Beat Minnesota Wild 4-0 in Game 1 to Take Series Lead at Home - Defending Big D
The Dallas Stars stormed out to a 1-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild. Solid net minding and excellent performances from their superstars were the story tonight.

Sharks vs Kings Game 1: Sharks stay strong on the road, take Game One - Fear The Fin
Sharks hold off Kings in back and fourth Game One.

Islanders 5, Panthers 4: Isles take Game 1 with John Tavares, Thomas Greiss starring - Lighthouse Hockey
The New York Islanders came from behind three times for a 5-4 victory in Game 1, surviving the Florida Panthers' scary top six on the backs of John Tavares and Thomas Greiss.

The over-usage of Henrik Zetterberg is a hill the Red Wings will die on - Winging It In Motown
You don't need stats to see it. All you need is two capable eyes, and a general understanding of how hockey works.

Capitals vs. Flyers Recap: Caps Crush Orange, Drop Flyers 2-0 - Japers' Rink
The Washington Capitals opened their 2016 Stanley Cup playoff campaign with a literal bang, dropping the Flyers 2-0 in a bruising battle.

Sean Couturier injured, will not return to Game 1 vs. Capitals with apparent arm injury - Broad Street Hockey
Not looking good for the Flyers second-line center.

Report: Couturier out for series after huge Alex Ovechkin hit -
Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier was injured after being on the receiving end of a huge Alex Ovechkin hit.

Down Goes Brown: Teams under most/least playoff pressure -
It's tempting to say that playoff pressure is a constant, something faced in equal measure by all 16 teams. But that's nonsense. Not all circumstances are created equal, and some teams are absolutely under more pressure than others.

News From Around the Hockey World

Boston Bruins announce Claude Julien will return next fall - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Important line from Don Sweeney's letter to Boston's season ticket holders: "Claude Julien is our head coach and will be our head coach when we return to action in the fall."

Frank Vatrano Named Co-Winner of AHL's Rookie of the Year Award - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Massive rookie year earns young winger AHL honors.

Why You Should Be a Hockey Fan - Defending Big D
Don't worry, it's not entirely a #likemysport sort of thing.

John Scott ‘fights’ reporter, reveals tricks of the trade (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"As long as I can get one of mine in, I'll eat one of his all day long," Scott said.

Patrik Laine's case for first overall - Eyes On The Prize
A Finnish player has never been selected first overall in the history of the NHL Entry Draft. I take a look at why Patrik Laine may change that, and why having the second pick in the draft is going to be huge: 6'4", 210-pound huge.

Vrbata: ‘If I wanted to get traded, I would have been traded’ – ProHockeyTalk
"I don’t think I handcuffed them, but I knew what I was doing."

The Final Howl

Prince Fielder is so excited for the Dallas Stars' playoff run he can't keep his shirt on -