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Tuesday's Coyotes Tracks - Not a good start

The Coyotes dropped the first game of their road trip, John Scott is back in the NHL, and a Caps fans gets half naked for an autograph.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes' Brad Richardson played as advertised - AZCentral
Free agency can be a risky venture – for players and teams – but as the Coyotes and center Brad Richardson approach the end of the season, their union last summer seems like it’s led to a solid partnership.

Michael Stone's injury underscores Arizona's need for a top two defenseman - Five For Howling
Oliver Ekman-Larsson can't do it all by himself. Losing Michael Stone makes the situation even worse.

Arizona Coyotes give up five straight goals in loss to St. Louis Blues - Five For Howling
Not a good way to start the road trip.

Coyotes Vs. Blues Recap: Two Outta Three Ain't Bad - St. Louis Game Time
Who needs the first period anyway right?

News From Around the Hockey World

Panthers’ Mitchell believes the NHL is ‘slipping’ on player safety – ProHockeyTalk
Willie Mitchell has been in the NHL for a long time, and he's seen all the changes that have been made to make the game safer. But the 38-year-old Panthers captain -- currently out of the lineup with a concussion -- is worried that the league has been "slipping" in the safety department.

Stamkos has successful surgery, will be reevaluated in two weeks – ProHockeyTalk
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had vascular surgery this afternoon at Tampa General Hospital. The two-hour procedure was a success, according to the surgeon, Dr. Karl Illig. "Everything went as expected for Steven today," Dr. Illig said in a team release.

Chicago Blackhawks team up with You Can Play - Second City Hockey
Scott Darling and Niklas Hjalmarsson speak up in a video supporting equality in the sporting world.

Could Timo Meier be a black ace for the Sharks? - Fear The Fin
Timo Meier has 13 points in four playoff games with the Huskies.

Habs ‘did me a solid,’ Scott explains – ProHockeyTalk
All-Star Game MVP will get to play in a single game for the storied club.

Blackhawks prospect Carl Dahlstrom signs amateur tryout with Rockford IceHogs - Second City Hockey
The Swedish defenseman will join the AHL for a second straight season.

This summer, SCoC is Going Down Under for the Australian Ice Hockey League...and we want you to come too! - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Australian Ice Hockey League Season starts in two weeks. And this summer, SCoC is going along for the ride.

USA, Canada battle for gold at Women's World Championship | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Less than a week ago, we made the bold prediction the United States and Canada would meet in the gold medal game of the Women's World Championship. As the fates would have it, the top two women's hockey powerhouses will play for the gold tonight.

Unsealed Documents Show NHL’s Concern About Alex Ovechkin’s Mirrored Tinted Visor
Ovi tends to have his own unique style.

Rangers Vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Jackets - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers have officially punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Recap: Panthers 4, Leafs 3 - Pension Plan Puppets

Islanders injury updates: de Haan hurt in win, Pelech mystery illness revealed - Lighthouse Hockey
Some injury bad news and some good news for a pair of Islanders defensemen.

Canucks win three in a row for the first time all year, as they beat the Kings 3-2. - Nucks Misconduct
It took 79 games, but Vancouver finally won three in a row as the Nucks beat LA 3-2.

PACIFIC WAR ROOM - 4.4.16 | The Royal Half
Pacific War Room is back with a look at all the comings and goings in the Pacific Division during the final week of the NHL regular season!

Nazem Kadri Suspended Four Games for Crosschecking Luke Glendening - Winging It In Motown
On Sunday, we learned that Toronto's Nazem Kadri would have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Luke Glendening in the side of the head in a fit of baby anger.

On Hockeyville, and hallowed rinks – ProHockeyTalk
Last year, one of America's most iconic local community rinks captured the first-ever Kraft Hockeyville title -- Johnstown's Cambria County War Memorial Arena. This year, perhaps another hallowed rink will bring home the award.

Pavel Datsyuk speaks to the media about his future with the Red Wings - Winging It In Motown
Red Wings veteran forward Pavel Datsyuk spoke with the media today about the report from Elliote Friedman that he may return to Russia one year early, which would leave the club with a $7.5 million...

The Final Howl

Getting half-naked for a Nicklas Backstrom autograph | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "I took off the jersey and Nick saw me half naked and was sort of like, "What the hell?!?’"