SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan is off to the second-best start of his 18-year NHL career as far as goal scoring. With eight goals in his first 18 games, the Coyotes captain is on pace to eclipse his career-high for goals in a season, which was 31 in the 2008-09 season.
Oh, yeah. Doan turned 37 in October. What gives?
"Honestly, I feel young again," he said.
There are multiple reasons for that feeling.
"His mind is fresh and his body is healed," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "He had some medical issues taken care of in the off-season, and then, when you look at how hard he's worked to help this franchise find stability here and all the hours he put in during the lockout, he's had a lot on his plate the past couple seasons."
Doan had double-hernia surgery this summer that he admitted Monday had actually been bothering him for two seasons, not just last season.
"When you're hurt, you feel older," he said. "Everything is a big effort. It feels like work."
Doan suffered his first he...