Rest of All-Star roster announced
The league announced the 36 players, along with 12 rookies -- who will participate only in the skills competition during All-Star Weekend -- who were chosen by the league's hockey operations department to make the teams. The fans chose the starters.
Two Ducks were named All-Stars -- winger Corey Perry and goalie Jonas Hiller. Perry leads the team with 45 points, while Hiller has a 2.39 goals-against average. Rookie Cam Fowler was also chosen to participate in the weekend.
Center Anze Kopitar, who has 45 points, is the lone representative of the Kings, who are currently ninth in the Western Conference with 47 points.
The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the rest of the fans' six picks, with forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury claiming the other elected spots last week.
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Although those players are teammates today and will be again once the calendar turns to February, chances are that several will be pitted against each other for the midseason classic.
The NHL is straying from the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format this year. Next week, two captains will be chosen and charged with the task of picking the two rosters -- think fantasy draft in a world of reality.
Each team for the game will be made up of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards.
It has been two years since the NHL staged an All-Star Game. Last season's game was skipped because of the Vancouver Olympics.
The Canucks, who own the NHL's best record, are sending identical twins Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, along with Ryan Kesler -- their three leading scorers -- to the game. Picture this: Henrik and Daniel could be on opposite sides, something the NHL draft didn't do when this duo arrived from Sweden.
The unique draft will kick off All-Star Weekend Jan. 28. The skills competition will take place one day later, with the game Jan. 30.
Logic dictates Crosby and Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be picked as captains. If not, they certainly will be prime candidates to be the first two players picked -- assuming Crosby recovers in time from the concussion that has forced him to miss three games already.
Injuries have limited Crosby to only one All-Star Game in his five-year career, in 2007.
Call it the next chapter in the ever-growing rivalry between the stars that already has been on display on the scoring lists, at the Olympics, in the playoffs, on HBO and in this year's Winter Classic.
In a stark sign of the times, the New Jersey Devils, who have fallen from the top of the standings a year ago to the bottom, are sending only veteran forward Patrik Elias to Raleigh. No room for slumping goalie Martin Brodeur at this party.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.