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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.”


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59