Coyotes captain Shane Doan didn’t join his teammates for the start of Monday’s game against the Avalanche after colliding in warm-up with defenseman Jakob Chychrun.
Video during the Fox Sports Arizona broadcast showed Doan circling the Coyotes’ zone before skating along center ice and looking slightly behind him as he passed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson before crashing into Chychrun. Both players fell to the ice with Chychrun’s helmet flying off. Doan wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Doan immediately tried to get up but stumbled a bit before getting to his feet. He appeared to catch Chychrun’s left shoulder square in the chest.
With about 6:30 remaining in the first period, Doan returned to the bench and after going for a skate during an ensuing TV timeout, he took his first shift with 5:54 to go in the period.
While he was being evaluated, the Coyotes played with one less skater than the Avalanche as they didn’t list Doan as a scratch.