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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - All Star Captains Announced

Martin Hanzal is playing despite very real trade possibilities, the All Star Captains have been announced, and the Winter Classic out performed the Centennial Classic.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes' Martin Hanzal playing through uncertainty - AZ Central
How much longer Coyotes center Martin Hanzal uses his 6-foot-6 frame to post up in Arizona’s offensive zone remains unclear as Hanzal is in the final months of a five-year, $15.5 million contract that expires after this season.

News From Around the Hockey World

NHL Winter Classic ratings blew away Centennial Classic on NBC - Yahoo Sports
The final numbers for the NHL’s New Year’s outdoor games are in.

Marian Gaborik scores with glove, goal disallowed (Video) - Yahoo Sports
Marian Gaborik screen shot. Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik saw a goal overturned in the second period of his team’s game at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. At the 14:53 mark, Kings defenseman Alec Martinez fired a shot on Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.

New Jersey Devils Gutted Out 3-1 Victory Over Carolina Hurricanes - All About The Jersey
After shutting out Boston last night, the New Jersey Devils gutted out a tough 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. This game recap goes over how tough it was and who shined for the Devils.

Blackhawks recall Spencer Abbott from AHL Rockford - Second City Hockey
Chicago signed Abbott as a free agent in the 2016 offseason.

Defensive lapses doom Lightning in 6-4 loss to Jets - Raw Charge
Too many defensive breakdowns by the Tampa Bay Lightning allow the Winnipeg Jets to ring up six goals and run their winning streak on the road to three games.

Todd McLellan didn’t seem happy with how Oilers handled their big test | ProHockeyTalk
He said the Oilers were not close to the Blue Jackets pace, tenacity or relentlessness

Nashville Predators 1, Montreal Canadiens 2: Shea Weber Returns to Nashville - On the Forecheck
First Vesey, now Weber and Radulov. Player returns to Nashville aren’t going well for the Predators

Recap: Sabres respond with strong effort, defeat Rangers 4-1 - Die By The Blade
In one of their best road efforts of the year, the Sabres smoked the Rangers at MSG.

Oilers 1 - Blue Jackets 3 -- Killing Me Softly - The Copper & Blue
So this is what it feels like to be bullied.

Caps vs. Leafs Recap: Russians Rake in 6-5 Overtime Win - Japers' Rink
The Washington Capitals schooled the prodigious Toronto Maple Leafs, raking in a 6-5 win at Verizon Center.

10 Standouts From the World Junior Championship Quarterfinals - THW
A look at the standout individual performances from the quarterfinal round of the 2017 World Junior Championship, including Canada's Mitchell Stephens.

P.K. Subban Named A Captain for All-Star Game - On the Forecheck
Subban was the leading vote getter for the Central Division

Sidney Crosby voted Metropolitan Captain for NHL All-Star Game - PensBurgh
How’s he gonna get out of this one? Or is he at all?

Crosby, Price, McDavid, Subban voted 2017 NHL All-Star captains - Yahoo Sports
Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid will represent their respective divisions as captains for the 2017 NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament later this month in Los Angeles following a month-long fan vote.

Auston Matthews named NHL’s rookie of the month - Pension Plan Puppets
A few days after being named rookie of the week, Matthews claims another honour

Lack’s concussion problems continue in Carolina | ProHockeyTalk
Hasn't played since Nov. 10.

Final Howl

Predators salute Shea Weber in return to Nashville (Video) - Yahoo Sports
The Nashville Predators saluted former captain Shea Weber with a touching video tribute during the first TV timeout of Weber’s first game against his former team.