Tuesday Night Tilt at the Mullett

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The story practically writes itself… Son of Arizona Coyotes legend and the only player to have his number retired by the Coyotes, Shane Doan makes his NHL debut on Tuesday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets fight into Tempe.

THE DOAN OF A NEW ERA

Josh Doan has been nothing short of spectacular in Tucson this season. Posting a team-leading 46 points in 62 games, with 26 goals and 20 assists, Doan has been a key part of what the Roadrunners have been needing in their lineup as they all but lock down a playoff spot this season.

Doan is the first player in a plethora of categories to crack the NHL, including being the:

  • 1st Arizona born player to play for the Coyotes
  • 1st Arizona State University alumni to make the NHL
  • 1st Arizona born player to play for Arizona State University, the Tucson Roadrunners and the Arizona Coyotes

“Since a kid, I’ve always been a Coyotes fan from day one,” Doan told media after the team’s morning skate at the Ice Den Scottsdale on Tuesday. “The community has supported me and my family my whole life and to share this opportunity with everyone is pretty cool.”

Doan will wear number 91 for the Coyotes.

BATTLE OF THE BOTTOM FIVE

Both the Coyotes and the Blue Jackets enter the league as part of the bottom five teams in the NHL.

The Coyotes are 28th with a 29-37-5 record, netting 63 points, and Columbus enters in 29th at 23-36-12, totalling 58 points.

Per an article written for the USA Today on Jan. 12 of 2024, the 28th slotted team has an 8.5% chance to be awarded the first overall pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, and the 29th overall team has a 9.5% chance to get the first pick.

LAST 10 LOOKBACK

Columbus’ record through their last 10 games is 2-6-2, including a four game losing streak they currently ride, after dropping their last four, one in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings, and the others being in regulation.

Arizona’s last 10 games have been back and forth, split between 4 wins and 6 losses, including home and away divisional losses to the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars, two wins against the Red Wings and an overtime win against the Seattle Kraken on Friday.

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