Coyotes captain Shane Doan was unable to make the pregame skate after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday's victory against Detroit. Kyle Chipchura replaced Doan on Antoine Vermette's line for Phoenix, with Brandon Yip taking his place in the lineup and making his Coyotes debut.
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website