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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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Five Questions: Ducks' Boudreau on team success

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 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 Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau:

Bruce Boudreau may very well be the envy of the hockey coaching world right now.

His Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in the NHL and have opened a 13-point lead in the Pacific Division, arguably the best division in the League. The Ducks have a five-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Presidents' Trophy race. They have won 17 of their past 18 games and are just about unbeatable at home with a 19-0-2 record at Honda Center this season.

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Five Questions: Vanek happy to be with Islanders

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 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 New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek has a lot coming up in the months ahead, including the 2014 Sochi Olympics and his pending unrestricted free agency. The last thing he needed was to be struggling on the ice as the calendar flipped to 2014.

No worries there.

Vanek enters the game Tuesday at the Toronto Maple Leafs riding a nine-game point-scoring streak that dates back to Dec. 20. He has five goals and nine assists during the streak, including the two assists he had in New York's 7-3 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday.

After sitting out with an injury in early November that marred his start with the Islanders, Vanek has found his game while skating on the team's top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. The Vanek-Tavares-Okposo line is one of the best lines going in the NHL right now with a combined 72 points in the past 22 games.

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Five questions: Selanne motivated in final season

Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 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 Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne:

NEWARK, N.J. -- Teemu Selanne isn't wavering.

This is Selanne's last season as a player in the NHL. His body is telling him so. Unfortunately, so far his production is also saying the same thing to him.

Selanne entered the Anaheim Ducks' game Monday with 11 points in 29 games, though he does have four points in his past three. He has been a healthy scratch four times by design (all in games after the Ducks played the night before) and he missed three games with an injury.

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Five Questions: Hawks' Quenneville in a good place

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 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 Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville:

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville can take sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list with a victory Tuesday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Quenneville is tied with Pat Quinn for fourth with 684 wins. He is eight shy of tying Dick Irvin for third place and 98 away from Al Arbour, who is in second place.

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Five Questions: Jimmy Howard still working hard

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 12:00 PM / 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 Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard:

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has played goalie Jonas Gustavsson ahead of Jimmy Howard in three out of the four games the team has played this month. It's hard to blame him.

The one time Howard was in he allowed five goals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Red Wings went 2-1-0 and yielded five goals in total in Gustavsson's three starts.

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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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Five Questions: Cam Ward is back, thinking playoffs

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 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 Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward:

Cam Ward didn't have to make a signature save to prove he's back from his groin injury, healthy and prepared to rejoin the elite players at his position. He did it anyway.

Ward's diving, stick save on Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening on Sunday at PNC Arena came early in the first period, after he had already given up a goal to Jason Spezza. It was one of 35 saves Ward made, but it was arguably the most important because it prevented Ottawa from taking a two-goal lead and ignited the Hurricanes, who scored three times in the second period and won the game, 4-1.

The win Sunday was Ward's first since he returned from his extended injury absence. He missed 10 games with a groin injury sustained on Oct. 24 at the Minnesota Wild. Ward also missed the final 27 games of last season with a knee injury that likely cost him an invitation to Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August.

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Five Questions: Brodeur on trade talk, his future

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 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 New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur:

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur is closer to the Hall of Fame than he is to scoring another long-term contract, but that hasn't stopped the New Jersey Devils goaltender from continuing to build on his laundry list of NHL records, including wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played.

Brodeur, 41, has six wins, a 1.98 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 starts this season despite not having a firm grip on the No. 1 job that he held for nearly two decades. Cory Schneider is working in tandem with Brodeur to provide the Devils some of the best goaltending in the NHL this season.

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Five Questions: Maple Leafs' Sittler on state of game

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 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 Darryl Sittler, a former Toronto Maple Leafs forward and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame:

TORONTO -- Nearly 38 years ago as a player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darryl Sittler scored 10 points in a game against the Boston Bruins, setting an NHL record for most points in a single game that has stood the test of time.

Nowadays, Sittler is trying to have an influence off the ice as a community representative for the Maple Leafs, and his job is a heck of a lot easier than it was a few years ago.

"Wendel Clark and I work with the organization, so we're out there in the community working with some corporate partners and doing some charity work, and it's a lot more fun when you're out there to have a team people are excited about and want to talk about," Sittler told NHL.com. "We've got a lot of loyal fans that have been around for a long time, whether it's here in Toronto or across Canada. I, as an ex-player and a member of the Maple Leaf organization, want us to do well for those fans that have been loyal and diehard for so many years."

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— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players