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Doan to miss this week's trips to Detroit, Chicago

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 2:00 PM / News

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Doan to miss this week's trips to Detroit, Chicago
Injured Coyotes' captain Shane Doan will miss this week's trips to Detroit and Chicago.
The Phoenix Coyotes will play their second straight game without captain Shane Doan on Monday when they face the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN2).

Doan suffered a lower-body injury during Friday's game at Dallas, and is considered "week to week." He did not make the trip with the team, and also has been ruled out of Wednesday's game in Chicago.

It's the second extended absence for Doan this season, who was suspended for three games in October.

"It's part of hockey and it's something I have to deal with and I will be ready to go when I come back," Doan told the team's website Saturday. "I hope to be back sooner than later. … We're getting on it in a hurry here and we'll get it going, and I'll be back quickly."

While the Coyotes will be without a giant piece, the Red Wings will have one of their own back in the lineup, as the team announced defenseman Brian Rafalski will play for the first time since Oct. 9.

"It's good for us, it's good for our power play," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said following the team's morning practice. "Obviously, he's a real good player."

Rafalski played just two games this season before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 12.

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