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Ducks' Perreault, Jackman talk Dodger Stadium game

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – Chilly air isn't the prescription for someone breathing through a broken nose, but that wasn't going to stop Mathieu Perreault.

Perreault broke his nose in a nasty collision about a week before the 2011 Winter Classic. His team at the time, the Washington Capitals, was about to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of 68,000 fans at Heinz Field in a crescendo to the popular HBO "24/7" reality show.

"I was supposed to wear a shield, but I only wore a big visor," Perreault said. "I was kind of a game-time decision.

"I really wanted to play. If it wasn't for that game, I would have probably not played. I kind of forced myself back into it earlier than I would have. All my family was there, and I really wanted to play that game. Honestly, if it wasn't for that game, I would have probably not played at all."

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Daily Primer Dec. 3: Stadium Series sneak peek

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

One of the more intense rivalries in the NHL resumes Tuesday night. It will provide a glimpse of what will certainly be an unforgettable evening at Dodger Stadium next month.

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will clash at Honda Center in a preview of the Stadium Series event in Southern California, set for Jan. 25 at the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Both teams are going to be ready. They are good battles," Ducks forward Teemu Selanne told the team website. "We've created a good rivalry, and that's what this area needs."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


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Five Questions: Jets captain Ladd ready to win now

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd is trying to lead the Winnipeg Jets out of the minefield of mediocrity, where teams tend to step in the wrong places by letting the highs feel too good and the lows happen too often.

The process is taking too long for Ladd, who has twice won the Stanley Cup, in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and again in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Winnipeg's captain thinks the Jets should be better than they've been this season. He wants to believe the right pieces are in place to help them gather some momentum so they can start climbing in the Central Division.

Ladd also knows how big of a role he plays in the Jets' successes and failures. Winnipeg is 7-3-2 in games when Ladd gets at least one point, and 6-9-2 when he doesn't. The Jets are 13-12-4 overall, and Ladd isn't absolving himself of the blame for their average record.

Ladd spoke to NHL.com about his thoughts on his team, finding a way to play with consistency and a little bit about his Olympic dream prior to Winnipeg's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.


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Jets prospect Comrie thriving after hip surgery

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Eric Comrie doesn't plan on just stopping pucks in the NHL.

Comrie, who was picked 59th by the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL Draft this summer, has made it his goal to play an entire 82-game season, a feat that would best the record of 79 games held by Grant Fuhr for the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96.

So what makes the 18-year-old confident it is even possible to play them all, a task only future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, who played 78 games in 2006-07, has approached since Fuhr?

"I treat practice like every single puck is a game puck. I go 100 percent every practice, and I see way more shots and better chances in practice than I do in games," Comrie explained in a matter-of-fact fashion. "So I feel if I can go through that in practice every single day, I can do that every single game. It doesn't wear me down."

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Mitchell, Lovejoy excited for Kings-Ducks outdoors

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Willie Mitchell and Ben Lovejoy have played more than 900 games in the NHL combined. They've been through numerous hard-fought Stanley Cup Playoff series, and Mitchell won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Somehow, the defensemen have had the misfortune of missing out on an outdoor game despite previously playing in cold-weather cities, Mitchell with the Vancouver Canucks, among others, and Lovejoy for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That's why the smiles on their faces is quite genuine when the Jan. 25 game at Dodger Stadium is mentioned. Mitchell and the Los Angeles Kings will play Lovejoy and the Anaheim Ducks in the first outdoor game in Southern California as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The teams play Tuesday at Honda Center for the first time this season, with the outdoor game on the horizon.

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Weight, Guerin lead U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:40 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- Through all the teams, through all the years, Bill Guerin encapsulated his friendship with Doug Weight at the beginning of his speech Monday during the induction ceremony for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

"Dougie told me he has an A speech and a B speech," Guerin said, laughing. "So I better tread lightly."

A friendship that began in the early 1990s at an Olympic festival when the two were amateurs came full circle Monday, when they were inducted together into the U.S. Hockey Hall.

Joining them in this year's group was former Michigan State University coach Ron Mason, women's hockey pioneer Cindy Curley, and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos.

In addition, USA Today national hockey writer Kevin Allen was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States.

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Canada assembles best team, not all-star team

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 8:10 PM / Prospects

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time Canada won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, so the heat will be turned up as soon when coach Brent Sutter and Hockey Canada's brain trust begin final evaluations of the 25 players invited to attend National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.

But in the spirit of Herb Brooks, Sutter and his staff insisted the 25 selections are not the "best" players, but the "right" players.

"The players that we've chosen for today give us the best chance to win," said Canada National Junior Team head scout Ryan Jankowski during a conference call. "The thing to remember is that it's not an all-star team. We are putting together the best team, and we feel that the 25 players named today give us that opportunity."

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Hockey Canada streamlines camp roster for WJC

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:01 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- There will not be nearly as much drama surrounding the Canadian National Junior Selection Camp as there has been in past years.

Hockey Canada announced its roster Monday for the selection camp to be held Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario, and it looks very similar to the team that will ultimately go to Malmo, Sweden for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

With 25 players invited to attend, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards, Canadian coach Brent Sutter and his staff will need to make three cuts at camp, likely to be one defenseman and two forwards.

A year removed from finishing off the World Junior podium for the first time in 15 years, Hockey Canada wanted to streamline the selection process and base it more on play during the season rather than simply looking at a three-day camp.

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USA Today writer Allen honored with Lester Patrick

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:00 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- After years of asking players what it means to win the Stanley Cup, Kevin Allen finally understands what they mean by their answers.

Allen, the longtime national NHL writer for USA Today, is the 2013 winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy, awarded annually for contributions to hockey in the United States.

Allen received his award during the United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday at the Sound Board Theater in the Motor City Casino.

"It's really been a humbling experience," Allen told NHL.com. "I've interviewed so many guys when they win the Cup and they said it's surreal and indescribable and not knowing what to say, that's kind of what I'm going with now. I guess I understand what they're saying. I'm not comparing it to winning a Cup, but I think the emotions for them, it's similar to what I feel."

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Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 2:15 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season.

There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be considered the best player in the 2014 tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

The 18-year-old left wing, selected in the first round (No. 3) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is in the midst of another spectacular season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not surprisingly, he was one of 25 players invited to the country's WJC selection camp scheduled Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.

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I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game