The Phoenix Coyotes are inserting former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider into the lineup for Game 5 tonight at Jobing.com Arena. Schneider, a healthy scratch the first four games, is expected to be their seventh defenseman, used mostly on the power play. He could replace another former Red Wing, center Robert Lang, as Phoenix might dress only 11 forwards.
Doan is listed as a game time decision, but I’m guessing old coach Dave doesn’t want to Tippet his hand….ouch, that even hurt to type.
Think about it though, the only way that Doan has been effective is by running around like a jackass and hitting everything that moves. The dude was out there bodychecking everyone but the peanut vendor (he’s more elusive than one would think). An injured Doan is an ineffective Doan since he underwent his cement-head transformation.
So I say play him.