Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/13/12

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes handles the puck under pressure from Jamie McGinn #69 of the San Jose Sharks during the preseason NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on September 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. Coyotes captain Shane Doan understands the difficulty of competing without a top player in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was there in 1997 when Jeremy Roenick blew out his knee in a knee-on-knee collision with Anaheim center Ted Drury in Game 6 of a seven-game series loss that Phoenix had led three games to two. He was there in 1998 when the Coyotes lost goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to a groin injury in Game 4, when they were leading Detroit two games to one. They also played without defenseman Teppo Numminen (groin) for all but one game of that series, which they lost in six. In 1999, they played all but one game of a seven-game series loss to St. Louis without Roenick (broken jaw), their leading scorer. And in 2010, Doan was the man missing after suffering a Grade 3 shoulder separation in Game 3 against Detroit. The Coyotes again were eliminated in seven, after leading two games to one. Now the Coyotes are facing life without leading goal scor...
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