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.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness