PHOENIX - The Arizona Coyotes drop the puck on their 20th season in the desert Saturday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here are some fun facts about the Coyotes to get you ready for the home opener:

  • The Coyotes will start the season with 5 rookies on their lineup (Strome, Dvorak, Dauphin, Crouse and Chychrun) and have several top prospects in Tucson who could see time this season (Perlini, MacInnis, Fischer, DeAngelo and Garland)
  • GM John Chayka was recently named as the 16th most influential person in hockey by USA Today
  • Shane Doan is back for his 21th season with the organization
  • Doan is 4 goals away from 400 for his career
  • Radim Vrbata returns to the Coyotes for his third stint with the franchise
  • Martin Hanzal finished last season with a career-high in points (13-28-41) and assists in 64 games played
  • Tobias Rieder and Brad Richardson were the only two Arizona players to skate in all 82 games last season