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Doan is out for Game 4 vs. Wings

Tuesday, 04.20.2010 / 3:59 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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DETROIT – One of the storylines heading into the Western Conference quarterfinals match-up between Detroit and Phoenix was the varying levels of experience. The Coyotes are making their first playoff appearance since 2002, while 19 members of the Red Wings have a combined 36 Stanley Cup rings on display.

Now, the question is raised; how will the Coyotes handle the pressure of an experienced Detroit team fighting for their playoff lives? A Game 4 loss would put the Wings in a 3-1 hole in the opening round series.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett expects that the Wings will bring their best effort to Joe Louis Arena tonight as they try to even the series.

“I think if you see the way the series has gone,” Tippett said, “the team that has won the last game, the other team has come out and played with an extra bit of urgency and an extra bit of desire. I expect that from them tonight.”

“We have to recognize that at as a group,” Tippett continued, “and we have to recognize that their desperation level is going to be very high. We have to make sure that we can match that to give us the best chance to win.”

However, the Coyotes will face a determined Wings’ squad without their captain. Tippett confirmed that Shane Doan will not dress tonight, and will be replaced by Vernon Fiddler, who did not play in Game 3.

“He will not play tonight,” Tippett said of Doan. We’ll put him in the ‘day-to-day’ scenario, we just feel like we’re two days before the next game, we just feel it’s best for him to wait a couple days.”

Former Red Wing Robert Lang said dealing with injuries is simply a part of the playoffs, and his team will be ready to play with or without their captain.

“Teams are going to have losses, especially in playoffs,” Lang said. “You’re going to have some injuries and stuff like that. It’s tough to overcome. Some guys have to step up; some guys have to change their game a little bit. But we finished the game last game pretty strong when Shane went down, and we just have to build on that.”

Defenseman Ed Jovanovski displayed confidence in his team heading into Game 4.

“You hear all this ‘[Detroit] should win this game’,” Jovanovski said. “Why? We’ve worked hard all year, and it’s going to be no different here tonight.”

“We know they’re going to be good,” the veteran said. “They’re a veteran team with a lot of character out there … I think, like I’ve said from day one, we just have to concern ourselves with what we do on the ice, and if we execute at the levels that we can, that will give us the best chance to win.”

Tippett said that his team’s closeness would help in overcoming the loss of Doan in time to handle the Wings’ pressure tonight.

“Our group is pretty strong that way,” the Coyotes’ coach said. “We’ve had some players go out, I like the way our group has bonded in there. I know Shane wears the ‘C’, a couple guys wear the ‘A’s, but for the most part our group is very tight in there, and they’ll hopefully be able to fill that void.”


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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