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'Yotes Notes: Doan Returns to Practice

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes captain Shane Doan skated with teammates at an hour-long practice on Monday at Arena.

Doan, who co-leads the team with 12 goals despite missing 11 games, hasn’t played in a game or practiced with all of his teammates since Dec. 4 as he battles Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms.


“It felt really good,” Doan said after practicing. “I’m excited to get out there regardless of how it goes. It’s just nice to be back around the group and be in a regular practice.”

Doan said he is no longer taking antibiotics for his illness, but there is no game circled on the calendar for his return.

“I’d like to play tomorrow but I’m pretty sure they’re not going to let me do that,” Doan said. "(The medical staff) will let me know when they think it’s good for me to try it again.”

He added, “Being off three weeks, it’s tough on the body. Being off and lying down and not really doing much and fighting whatever it is, it makes it hard.”

Meanwhile, defenseman Rostislav Klesla took part in Monday’s practice as well. Klesla has missed the past two games because of illness.

• Team USA will announce its roster for the 2014 Winter Games on Wednesday and defenseman Keith Yandle is hoping his name is on their list.

“You don't wear the red, white and blue every day, and when you do it's very special and a proud moment," Yandle told

Other Coyotes who are considered candidates to play in the Olympics are: Mike Smith (Canada), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), Radim Vrbata (Czech Republic) and Martin Hanzal (Czech Republic).

Those countries aren't expected to announce their rosters until after New Year's Day.

• The Coyotes are hosting the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in the 20th New Year’s Eve game in franchise history. The Coyotes/Jets are 9-8-2 all-time in games played on Dec. 31 and 8-4-1 on home ice.

Phoenix last played on New Year’s Eve in 2011 when it captured a 4-2 win over Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center to improve to 1-1-1 in New Year’s Eve games under Head Coach Dave Tippett.

• Goaltending prospect Marek Langhamer stopped 31 of 34 shots on Monday for the Czech Republic in its 3-0 loss to Germany at the World Junior Championship in Sweden.

Langhamer, whom the Coyotes selected with the 184th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, stopped 25 shots in Czech Republic’s 5-4 shootout win over Canada on Saturday in his other WJC appearance to date.

He is the lone Coyotes prospect playing in this year’s World Junior Championship.

• The Coyotes have played in five consecutive overtime games, which ties the franchise record set Nov. 8-16, 2003.

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