GLENDALE – The Coyotes will start the 2015-16 season on Friday night with many key milestones on the horizon.
► Let’s begin with captain Shane Doan, who will enter his 20th NHL season with a chance to set numerous franchise records:
Doan has notched 898 points, second behind Dale Hawerchuk (929), the only player in Coyotes/Jets history to break the 900-point mark.
Doan also is second to Hawerchuk for most goals scored in team history, but he needs to score just 12 this season to capture the record. He’ll enter Friday’s game with 368; Hawerchuk netted 379.
Doan also could become the franchise’s all-time assists leader this season if he notches 24 helpers. He currently has 530, which ranks third behind leader Thomas Steen (553) and Hawerchuk (550).
Meanwhile, Doan will continue to climb the NHL’s all-time games played list this season. He is currently at 1,394 games, which ranks 35th. Should Doan play all 82 games this season he would reach 1,476. Only 19 players have played more NHL games than that.
Other upcoming personal milestones worth noting:
► Dave Tippett needs just 12 victories to reach 500 (excluding playoffs) as an NHL Head Coach. Tippett will enter his seventh season with the Coyotes with a 488-332-130 record in 950 regular-season games. He is set to coach his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 2, 2016 at home vs. the Los Angeles Kings.
► Center Antoine Vermette will enter the season having played in 475 consecutive regular-season games. That ranks second behind Andrew Cogliano (622) for the longest active streak in the NHL.
► Goalie Mike Smith needs six wins to reach 100 with the Coyotes and six shutouts to pass Ilya Bryzgalov and Nikolai Khabibulin for most in franchise history.
► Center Martin Hanzal is in line to play his 500th NHL game – all for the Coyotes – on Oct. 22 at the New York Rangers.
► Forward Max Domi is expected to play in his first NHL game on Friday at Los Angeles with his dad, Tie Domi, watching in the stands. Tie Domi played 1,020 NHL games, including 173 for the Winnipeg Jets from 1992-95. Once Max plays a game, he and Tie will become the second father-son combination to play for the Coyotes/Jets franchise. Bobby and Brett Hull were the first.