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Redemption on Doan's mind

Coyotes' captain looks to stay healthy this time vs. Detroit

Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 3:07 PM ET / News
By Dave Burke  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Redemption on Doan\'s mind
The Red Wings know what they're up against when Shane Doan leads his Coyotes into Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
DETROIT – Shane Doan exemplifies all of the necessary qualities in a team leader.

Doan has delivered for the Phoenix Coyotes since the franchise was in Winnipeg 14 years ago. And again, the veteran forward led the Coyotes on scoring compiling his 10th career 20-goal season coupled with 40 assists.

He has also been a loyal standout to the franchise that drafted him away from the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1995.  

“Yeah he’s a great leader, a great guy you feed off of. He’s an emotional and physical guy,” Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler said. “There’s no one else we’d rather go to battle with, especially with him being our captain. He’s a great guy to be around and lots of fun to play with.”

Doan, 34, was having an impressive opening playoff series against Detroit last spring. He was physically punishing and an offensive presence with two points in three games, but a Grade 3 shoulder separation cut short his playoffs to just three games, a series Detroit eventually won in seven games. 

“I think it’s something that was a little disappointing for sure and at the same time it’s a little ironic,” he said. “Looking forward to go back and try it again. For myself I have to be physical, I have to be physical on everybody and if that creates turnovers good, because that’s a huge part of our game.”

Does Phoenix coach Dave Tippett see this series as a chance at redemption of sorts for Doan?

“No, it’s just the playoffs,” Tippett said. “Before last year he went eight seasons I think without playing a playoff game and it didn’t matter who we were going to play, he wanted to play hard. It happened to be Detroit and he had a freak injury half way through the series and he couldn’t finish the series.

“So he’s excited to be back in the playoffs, that goes with out saying, he’s no different than any other player on our team. I think the history he has with our organization and missing the playoffs for so many years really fuels his fire right now.”

Doan’s teammates saw what losing their leader did, especially in a series that they were ahead in the series, 2-1.

“He’s huge to our team and in the locker room and on the ice,” all-star defenseman Keith Yandle said. “He’s a great player and works harder than anybody.”

One thing is for sure, the Red Wings know what they will be getting when the puck drops on Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

“We expect him to play the same physical style,” said Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, referring to Doan. “That’s the way he plays during the regular-season as well.  He’s going to try and use his size to his advantage. It’s something we know going into this series.”

 

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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