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Every Monday I sit on the red line on my way down to work and listen to the Hockeenight Puckcast. If you're not already a regular listener, I highly recommend it. Seriously, go to iTunes right now and subscribe to it. I'll wait.Alright welcome back. So this week I was listening when something extra special happened. The guys were calling dibs on which Coyotes player they would hate on during the upcoming playoff series. If Coyotes fans didn't hate Blackhawks fans going into this series, they will by the time it is over. Right after he claimed Radim Vrbata, Andrew Cieslak designated me as the Official Adrian Aucoin Hater™. Perfect.
My hate for Adrian Aucoin is no secret. Hell, its been in my Twitter bio for a long time. But only a few people know the full extent of this passionate loathing. To fully grasp this, you'll need a short history lesson in my Blackhawks fanhood.I grew up as a Hawks fan since birth. My dad was a Hawks fan. I remember one winter my d...
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The #4 vs. #5 seed series begins at 9 pm ct Thursday April 12th in Phoenix as they have the home-ice advantage.
Much like the coyote has two different pronounciations, their...
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In their 33 seasons as an NHL franchise, this might be the most remarkable one of all for the Phoenix Coyotes. They won their first division title despite not having an owner for the third straight year.
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1 Unit Series Winner Pick - Chicago Blackhawks vs Phoenix Coyotes - COYOTES TO WIN SERIES (+110) (Note: I'm risking 1 unit to win 1.10 units)
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