Coyotes' Doan is game-time decision

Updated: April 26, 2010, 8:04 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan practiced Monday and will be a game-time decision for Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings.

"No status change, obviously he worked hard out there today and got through a full practice," head coach Dave Tippett said. "So we'll see how he is in the morning and he'll continue to be a game-time decision."

Doan reported progress, but that doesn't mean it'll be good enough to return in time from the upper body injury he sustained in Game 3.

Doan These aren't exhibition games where you can come in and just kind of tip-toe your way in. You've got to be all-in in these games. ... It's not a question of his desire to play. ... But it's a matter of function and make sure he can get the job done.

-- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on captain Shane Doan (pictured)

"It's one of those things where every day helps a lot more and having another day is big," Doan said. "At the end [of practice], I tested it pretty good, so we'll see."

Tippet said Monday's practice was the best Doan has looked since he was hurt.

"You saw the physical contact out there today," Tippett said. "I think it's getting closer. But that'll be a decision tomorrow we'll have to make."

Tippet said for Doan to be cleared, he'll have to be able to play his normal, physical style.

"These aren't exhibition games where you can come in and just kind of tip-toe your way in," Tippett said. "You've got to be all-in in these games. ... It's not a question of his desire to play. ... But it's a matter of function and make sure he can get the job done."

Doan is the longest-serving Coyote and was a member of the Winnipeg Jets before they moved to the desert.

"Because of his personal story here and how much he's put in to this organization, it is a gut-wrenching situation for him obviously," Tippett said. "But he recognizes, and this is one of the greatest qualities that he has, he recognizes that nothing trumps the team. The team is here to win. And it doesn't matter if it [is] him or another guy, if he can't do his job, he realizes there's somebody here who can do it."

Despite his injury, Doan has been around the team and offered all kinds of encouragement.

"Doaner's been really good around the dressing room," defenseman Derek Morris said. "He had a really emotional speech before the game [Sunday] and guys really took it to heart."

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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