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Five Questions: Collins energized for Stadium Series

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features National Hockey League Chief Operating Officer John Collins:

John Collins is most looking forward to experiencing the noise when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks walk through the tunnel, up the dugout steps, into plain sight and up the walkways to take the ice Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

"That roar that happens makes it all worthwhile," Collins, the NHL's Chief Operating Officer, told NHL.com.

As the League motors into the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series portion of the 2013-14 regular season, Collins is confident in saying it has recovered from the lockout that wiped away a portion of the 2012-13 season.

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Pens prospect Pouliot enjoying hectic junior season

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER – After playing his third game in three nights, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot could hardly be blamed if he looked more like a Walking Dead extra than a top Pittsburgh Penguins prospect.

With a game-day ferry ride mixed in for good measure, it was also Pouliot's fourth game in five nights since flying back from Sweden following a disappointing performance at the IIHF World Junior Championship in which Pouliot and Team Canada failed to win a medal. Through these frantic few weeks, Pouliot was still able to demonstrate the skill and poise that has the Penguins very excited about their prized prospect.

Following that hectic schedule, Pouliot was looking forward to four days off to go home to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, where he would celebrate his 20th birthday with friends and family.

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Rink at Dodger Stadium almost ready for use

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The surface of the outdoor rink at Dodger Stadium almost has all the bells and whistles. In a few days, it should be ready for some referee whistles.

With all the other ice markings in place, the center-ice logo and other branding logos were about to be painted Monday night for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game, the first regular season West Coast outdoor game in NHL history, on Saturday between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, also said his crew will build another quarter-inch of ice and then another quarter-inch to get to the required 1½ inches by Tuesday night.

Wednesday will be the first time the rink will be used, when the media game is held, and Craig said he's curious to see how the first run goes.

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NHL to create fan zone inside Yankee Stadium during 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

Attendees to enjoy hockey-themed attractions within Yankee Stadium's Great Hall & Concourse

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) will celebrate the much-anticipated 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor games in New York with a variety of hockey-themed fan attractions within the Great Hall and Concourse of Yankee Stadium when the New York Rangers face off against the New Jersey Devils at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 and the New York Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

From 10:30 a.m. ET to the start of the third period on Jan. 26, and from 5:30 p.m. ET to the start of the third period on Jan. 29, Yankee Stadium's Great Hall and Concourse will transform into a hockey-themed fan zone for attendees of all ages, with interactive attractions, prizes and giveaways; and merchandise tents with an extensive selection of officially-licensed 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series merchandise and collectibles.

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Teams urge fans to purchase parking in advance

Dodger Express, Metrolink to Operate on Saturday, Jan. 25 for NHL Stadium Series LA

NHL.com

LOS ANGELES – The National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are requesting fans attending the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25 to purchase their parking pass in advance online to assist in traffic flow.

Fans can visit www.nhlstadiumseriesparking.com to pre-purchase parking passes. Parking is priced at $50 and $35 for premium parking and $20 for general parking. Parking gates will open at 3:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets to the Kings vs. Ducks match-up at Dodger Stadium are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster.ca, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL.

"We urge all of our fans to rideshare or carpool and examine all alternative transportation methods to do their part in reducing the traffic flow at Dodger Stadium," said Don Renzulli, NHL Executive Vice-President of Events. "We also ask fans to arrive early to enjoy all the pregame entertainment we have lined up to make this a most memorable and enjoyable evening."

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Fantasy All-Access: Preparing for Stadium Series

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The end of the week is highlighted with the start of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series with a game at Dodger Stadium between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, and at Yankee Stadium between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. The Kings and Ducks will be playing Thursday this week before going outdoors. Players to watch are the Kings' Anze Kopitar, who has 43 career points in 41 games played against the Ducks, and his teammate Mike Richards, who has 17 points in 16 games played against Anaheim.

On the other side, Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne has haunted the Kings for years with 118 career points in 103 games played. His teammate, Ryan Getzlaf, has 39 career points in 46 games played against Los Angeles.

The goalies have prevailed in the Devils-Rangers series with Henrik Lundqvist's career-best 28 wins against New Jersey and Martin Brodeur's 49 wins against New York the second-highest of his career. Former Rangers star Jaromir Jagr has 83 career points against his former team and Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 39 career points against the Devils.

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Ovechkin talks Olympics on NBC's Today Show

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:13 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was a guest on NBC's Today Show live from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Monday to discuss his selection to represent Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I'm very excited," Ovechkin told NBC's Carson Daly."It's a big honor for me, for my country."

Ovechkin will be making his third Olympic appearance and was the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch in a ceremony at Olympia, Greece on Sept. 29, 2013. In the 2006 Turin Olympics, Russia lost the bronze medal game to the Czech Republic. Four years later in Vancouver, Russia fell in the quarterfinals to Canada, the eventual gold-medal winner.

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Daily Primer Jan. 20: Kings continue trip vs. Bruins

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins couldn't have been happy about falling short against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, but they have little time to dwell about it.

Boston, which received two goals from Brad Marchand but suffered a 3-2 shootout loss at United Center, quickly hopped back on the plane and headed home, where they will face the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at TD Garden (3 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA, NESN, FS-W).

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St. Cloud's Dowd stretching his roots

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Across the state of Minnesota, pond hockey is big.

Real big.

At St. Cloud State University, senior captain Nic Dowd, who hails from the southern-most NCAA setting of Huntsville, Ala., has hockey roots defined in relation to the biggest "pond."

"Both my parents were born in England," Dowd said. "My dad's from London, my mom's from Birmingham. I was born in Huntsville."

Why did the Dowd family cross the big "pond" that provided the rare opportunity for a southern kid with English roots to ascend to the pinnacle of NCAA hockey in the hotbed of Minnesota, and maybe beyond?

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Canadian Olympians trust, believe in Babcock

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Mike Babcock likes to say that gold-medal preparation yields gold-medal results. The players who were with him at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics can claim that they have their gold medals in part because of that very philosophy.

Canada won gold four years ago and will try to defend it next month with Babcock behind the bench at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Everything was laid out there for us when we got to the Olympics," Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith told NHL.com. "We were very well-prepared in what we wanted to accomplish on the ice as far as our systems and the way we wanted to play as a team. It was also communicated to us very clearly about what the other team's tendencies were, how they played their systems and the players on their team. That was one thing that stood out for me was how well prepared we were as players."

That preparation has players like Keith and the 10 others who played for Canada in Vancouver trusting that Babcock again is the ideal coach for them in a short tournament.

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