GLENDALE -- Twenty-four hours after a tough overtime loss in Montreal, the Coyotes will play the Ottawa Senators tonight at the ScotiaBank Place in Kanata, Ont. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time).
Captain Shane Doan will be back in the lineup after missing the past three games because of an NHL-imposed suspension for a hit he delivered to Anaheim’s Dan Sexton in a game played on Oct. 17. The Coyotes posted a 1-0-2 record without Doan.
"I can't wait (to play),” Doan said. "This isn't fun watching… I don't want to do this anymore."
Doan will be looking to score his first goal of the season. He has two assists in four games thus far.
"You get a player back like that who's their leader and a character guy ... We feel they're going to be a tougher team tonight than they were last night (in Montreal)," Senators Head Coach Cory Clouston told the Senators' web site.
Wingers Wojtek Wolski and Ray Whitney also have yet to score a goal for Phoenix this season. That must change if the Coyotes are going to match or better what they accomplished last season when they set franchise marks for points (107) and wins (50).
Backup Jason LaBarbera will start in goal for Phoenix (2-2-3), which has lost its past two games – both in overtime. LaBarbera has faced Ottawa just twice before and has yet to beat the Sens. This will be his second game of the season. He stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-2 loss at Anaheim on Oct. 17
Like the Coyotes, Ottawa (2-5-1) has lost three of its past four games.
Brian Elliott likely will start in goal for Ottawa while Senators center Jason Spezza, who has a groin injury and has missed back-to-back games, is not expected to play tonight.
Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar will play tonight – for the 1,000th time in his NHL career.
"I never thought it was going to happen and it seems like those 1,000 games just flew by," Gonchar told the Senators’ official web site. "Since I got into the NHL and started playing, I never thought about 1,000 games. It's something I'm probably going to be proud of, but I haven't really had time to think about it.”
Coyotes center Kyle Turris has notched three goals and one assist in his past two games, including a goal on Monday vs. Montreal.
Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson has notched six points in his past four games, including a hat trick vs. Buffalo on Oct. 22.
Neither the Coyotes nor the Senators have won a game this season after falling behind 1-0. Phoenix is 0-2-1 in the games that their opponent scored first; Ottawa is 0-5-1 in the games that their opponent scored first.
The Coyotes are 2-6-0 in eight games at Ottawa since moving from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. They have lost five consecutive games at Ottawa since beating the Sens, 2-0, on Dec. 12, 1998.
This game will not be televised, neither on Fox Sports Arizona nor on NHL Center Ice in the Phoenix metropolitan area; click here for more information. It can be heard on the XTRA Sports 910. A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 4:30 p.m.
"We just haven't put together a full 60 minutes yet, even in the games we've won... We've got to establish that again." • Shane Doan