Penguins in a 2018 All-Star game

NHL players don’t have a Olympics to demeanour brazen to, though they do have an NHL All-Star game after this month. Hip hip, hooray!

Yeah, we doubt they’re unequivocally vehement either, though during slightest it’s in a comfortable continue of Tampa this year.

So that Penguins have a pleasure, error respect of carrying to work a weekend to play a incomprehensible game? The central list will be expelled by a NHL tomorrow, though we can plan with reasonable correctness what will happen.

Sidney Crosby told Jason Mackey of a Post-Gazette progressing that he doesn’t consider it’s him.

“I don’t design to be there, to be honest with you,” Crosby told a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday morning. “I haven’t even suspicion about it. we don’t feel like I’ve had an all-star initial half.”

Crosby has usually indeed played in 2 NHL All-Star games in his whole career (2007, 2017) carrying to lay out games in 08, 09, 11 and 15 that he was named to a group due to injury. And, notwithstanding a quote above, Crosby’s being a small medium as his new pull final week has increased him among a top-end of scorers in a division. Here’s how a stats demeanour from as of currently (click to embiggen)

Remember given a new ASG format is a 3v3 diversion where any multiplication gets 6 forwards, 3 defensemen and 2 goalies. We know Alex Ovechkin will be a group captain (hah!) by trait of a totally satisfactory league-wide opinion that they didn’t announce totals for.

Also, per tradition, each group in a multiplication gets during slightest 1 representative, so 11 sum players from 8 teams means not too many players from one singular group are going to be chosen, graphic past years in a 5v5 format with a normal all-star “team” that done adult a normal lineup.

Based on these qualifications, 7 writers voted for teams and this is what they came adult with:

Metropolitan Division


Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (captain)

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

John Tavares, New York Islanders

Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

Others receiving votes: Josh Bailey, New York Islanders; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers; Anders Lee, New York Islanders; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina Hurricanes


John Carlson, Washington Capitals

Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets

Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers

Others receiving votes: Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers; Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes; Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes; Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins; Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets; Kevin Shattenkirk, New York Rangers; Will Butcher, New Jersey Devils


Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Others receiving votes: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

The Metropolitan group has a graphic Capitals flavor.

Ovechkin is a captain, Carlson is one of a 3 defensemen selected, and a group will be coached by Barry Trotz.

The fortifying Stanley Cup-champion Penguins had one actor voted to a group — and it wasn’t Crosby. Kessel was on 7 ballots and Crosby on four. Letang was a usually other Penguins actor to accept a vote.

All of this creates a lot of clarity to me, besides final place Philly removing 2 skaters, though who unequivocally cares.

Anyways, Phil Kessel improved not make skeleton as he has been a best Pittsburgh Penguin actor this deteriorate and is a shoe-in to be picked. Crosby and Malkin have outward shots, though given each group needs a representative, they’ll expected be on a outward looking in….Which I’m certain conjunction will unequivocally mind carrying a weekend to themselves rather than play in some stupid NHL muster game. There could always be damage replacements, though again with each group carrying a actor in a game, it would seem doubtful 87/71 will be necessary.

The NHL All-Star diversion in Jan 28th.

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