8 p.m. at Arizona • Gila River Arena • FSN, 100.3-FM
Season finale could be it for Doan, too
Preview: After beginning with the Coyotes organization when it was still the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, 40-year-old Arizona captain Shane Doan conceivably could be playing his final NHL game. After 10 years in the desert, 2005 first-round pick Martin Hanzal will face the Coyotes for the first time since being traded to the Wild on Feb. 26. With a point, the Wild — which had a team golf outing Friday — will break its franchise record for points (currently 104). With a win, the Wild will break its franchise record for wins (currently 48). The Wild is 10-1-2 in its past 13 meetings with Arizona. Its 10-game point streak ties the longest point streak against a single opponent in franchise history.
Players to watch: Don’t be surprised with leading scorer Mikael Granlund, a point short of 70, gets the regular-season finale off. Hanzal has three goals and 12 points in 19 games with the Wild. C Eric Staal has a point in nine of his past 10 games. LW Nino Niederreiter has five goals in five games after none in the previous 16. LW Zach Parise is a goal from 20. RW Radim Vrbata just hit his sixth 20-goal season. Waiver pickup Alex Burmistrov has four goals in his past four games and 14 points in 25 games with the Coyotes.
Numbers: Since they started a three-game winning streak Jan. 21, the Coyotes have more points (38) than any other team (12 of them) that has been eliminated from the playoffs except Winnipeg (39).
Injuries: It’s believed Wild LW/RW Chris Stewart (strep throat) flew to Phoenix on Friday and will play. D Jared Spurgeon (lower body) is ready to return, but he will likely be held out for precautionary reasons unless the team wants to rest D Ryan Suter. Coyotes RW Brad Richardson (leg) and D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (personal) are out.