GDT: MapleLeafs @ Coyotes - Fri. Dec. 23 2016 at 9:00 PM ET

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GDT: MapleLeafs @ Coyotes - Fri. Dec. 23 2016 at 9:00 PM ET

Postby CBL on Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:44 am

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Dave Vest - Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content wrote:Shane Doan to play his 1,500th NHL game

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will look to snap a three-game losing skid on Friday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena in their final game before a three-day holiday break. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Coyotes:
Arizona has won five straight games vs. Toronto and has posted an 11-1-1 record against the Maple Leafs in the past 13 games between the clubs. In those games, the Coyotes have outscored Toronto 47-28.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan will play in his 1,500th NHL game, joining an elite club that has only 17 members.

"It's gone by really, really fast," Doan said. "I'm so fortunate to get the opportunity. There's a lot of people who have the ability to do it but aren't given the opportunity to do it. I've been very blessed in that way."

Head Coach Dave Tippett, who played 721 NHL games, is impressed by Doan's longevity.

"The ability to do it with one franchise is pretty remarkable in today's day and age of sports," Tippett said. "It speaks volume about his commitment to team, organization, community and how good a player he's been for so long."

For the 10th straight game, Doan will take the ice needing just one goal to reach 400 for his NHL career.

"Anyone that's played this long should have had 400 (goals) a long time ago," Doan cracked after Thursday's practice. "It is what it is. I'll get it eventually and hopefully get some more."

Goalie Mike Smith is expected to make his 10th consecutive start.

Center Peter Holland, who came to the Coyotes via a trade with Toronto two weeks ago, is looking to end a four-game point-less streak.

Maple Leafs:
Toronto beat Colorado, 6-0, on Thursday night to notch just its fourth road win of the season.

Rookie Auston Matthews, who ranks fifth in the League with 16 goals, will play his first NHL game in Arizona, the state in which he was raised and learned to play hockey. Matthews was a huge Coyotes fan while growing up and credits the team for fueling his passion for the sport.

Matthews is not the only rookie thriving for the Maple Leafs this season. Forward Mitch Marner ranks second among NHL freshmen with 25 points and forward William Nylander is fifth on that last with 21.

Frederik Andersen stopped all 38 shots he faced vs. the Avalanche on Thursday to notch his first shutout with the Maple Leafs. However, he is not expected to play vs. the Coyotes in the second game of a back-to-back scenario. Instead, Toronto likely will turn to backup goalie Antonie Bibeau, who has just one game on his NHL resume.

The Maple Leafs are 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season and have been outscored 23-9 in those games.
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