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Morning Flurries: Coyotes women’s night and Pyeongchang roster drama

The Avalanche head to Arizona on a special night, while the national teams heading to Pyeongchang saw some drama

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The Colorado Avalanche have a big act to follow up on Saturday, chasing the Washington Capitals as the second team to play the Arizona Coyotes in a home back-to-back series for the desert-based club.

The Coyotes have been losing like crazy this year, but they’re the big winners with a well-promoted Women’s Hockey Appreciation Night at Gila River when the Avalanche come to play.

We’ll get to your official pre-game later today - but for now, here’s a detailed look at the impressive women that will be highlighted by Arizona for the annual event. With an NWHL player, a current BC star, and a former Olympian, there’s quite a lot of talent to go around. [Mile High Hockey]

Looking backwards, credit where credit is due: although Tyson Barrie’s plus-minus has been all too popular in the comment section lately, there’s no denying how much he stepped up during Erik Johnson’s absence. [MHH]

From around the league, here’s a look at the must-see Sidney Crosby sequence from Thursday night’s OT against the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Pensburgh]

For all of us who need a good story to remind us that mental illness isn’t a shameful thing:

Finally, because we know you all want some women’s hockey content: Team USA and Team Canada are headed to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics in just a few months. The women’s teams are considered the most dominant in the world - but some of the roster decisions made by Team USA have people talking. Here’s more on that. [The Ice Garden]