-- Hoping to play in Game 7 vs. Detroit on Tuesday, Coyotes captain Shane Doan
practiced with teammates on Monday for about an hour at Jobing.com Arena.
Doan, who hasn’t played in this best-of-seven series since suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 3, again will be a game-time decision.
“It wasn’t bad,” Doan told reporters after Monday’s practice. “It’s something to get out there and to get a chance to be a part of practice and do some things and test it. It feels pretty good… We’ll see… As long as we’re winning I’m happy, and that’s the way it is right now."
Asked what his gut was telling him about playing on Tuesday, Doan smiled and said: ”My gut told me that I could probably play the first game after (getting hurt), so I can’t trust that… As long as we’re winning I’m happy and that’s the way it is right now."EDITOR'S NOTE:
to watch Shane Doan
address the media after Monday's practice.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said Doan's effort at Monday's practice was encouraging.
"We need him to be able to function in all aspects of the game," Tippett said. "Obviously he's a guy who's a physical player. The physical part of the game is a big part of what he does for us. He has to be able to function in those areas. You saw the physical contact out there today -- so I think it's getting closer."
He added, "His will and desire to play is unquestioned, it's his function to play (that is at issue). These aren't exhibition games where you can come in and kind of tip-toe in. You've got to be all-in. We'll have to be able to decide if he can get through that challenge."
Tippett will make the final call on Doan’s participation in Game 7. On Monday, Tippett shot down the notion of inserting Doan in the lineup, healthy or not, as a reward to the captain for his years of dedication to the team.
“He recognizes, and this is one of the greatest qualities he has, that nothing trumps the team,” Tippett said. “The team is here to win and it doesn’t matter if it’s him or another guy, if he can’t do his job he realizes that there is somebody here who will do it.”
Doan is the only member of the Coyotes who was on the ice the last time the franchise played a Game 7 playoff game in 1999. St. Louis beat Phoenix, 1-0 in overtime.
“Game 7s are great,” Doan said. “They’re unbelievable. I got to play in one and it’s an incredible experience. It’s one of those things that you’ll remember and have fun with."