Host Lightning get 4 ASG nods; 2 for Vegas


NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced for the four divisional teams Wednesday, with some expected choices and some surprises ahead of the Jan. 28 contest in Tampa, Florida.

The following are the rosters for each team:

Atlantic Division (All-Star appearances)

F Aleksander Barkov, FLA (1st)

F Jack Eichel, BUF (1st)

F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (2nd)

F Brad Marchand, BOS (2nd)

F Auston Matthews, TOR (2nd)

F Steven Stamkos, TBL (5th)

D Mike Green, DET (2nd)

D Victor Hedman, TBL (2nd)

D Erik Karlsson, OTT (5th)

G Carey Price, MTL (6th)

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (1st)

Red Wings forwards Dylan Larkin (34 points) and Anthony Mantha (14 goals) were overlooked in favor of Green (24 points). Barkov was a slight surprise, given that linemates Jonathan Huberdeau (43 points) and Vincent Trocheck (17 goals) have better offensive numbers. Sean Couturier, who is having a career year with 42 points in 42 games for the Flyers, was passed over for Bailey.

Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearances)

F Josh Bailey, NYI (1st)

F Sidney Crosby, PIT (3rd)

F Claude Giroux, PHI (5th)

F Taylor Hall, NJD (3rd)

F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (7th)

F John Tavares, NYI (5th)

D Noah Hanifin, CAR (1st)

D Seth Jones, CBJ (2nd)

D Kris Letang, PIT (4th)

G Braden Holtby, WSH (3rd)

G Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (4th)

Penguins star Crosby (43 points) made the cut over winger Phil Kessel, who leads the team in goals (18) and points (47). Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, was overlooked in favor of Holtby despite having better numbers.

Central Division (All-Star appearance)

F Patrick Kane, CHI (7th)

F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (2nd)

F Brayden Schenn, STL (1st)

F Tyler Seguin, DAL (5th)

F Eric Staal, MIN (5th)

F Blake Wheeler, WPG (1st)

D John Klingberg, DAL (1st)

D Alex Pietrangelo, STL (1st)

D P.K. Subban, NSH* (3rd)

G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (1st)

G Pekka Rinne, NSH (2nd)

Vladimir Tarasenko, who leads the Blues in goals (19), was overlooked for Schenn. Both have 44 points. Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, arguably their first-half MVP, was overlooked for Staal.

Pacific Division (All-Star appearances)

F Brock Boeser, VAN (1st)

F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (4th)

F Anze Kopitar, LAK (4th)

F Connor McDavid, EDM* (2nd)

F James Neal, VGK (3rd)

F Rickard Rakell, ANA (1st)

D Brent Burns, SJS (5th)

D Drew Doughty, LAK (4th)

D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (2nd)

G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (3rd)

G Jonathan Quick, LAK (3rd)

Fleury is one of the biggest surprises, having played just 12 games for the Golden Knights during an injury-plagued season and getting in over Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, who has a .923 save percentage in 33 games.

The captains for the game are Stamkos (Atlantic), Ovechkin (Metropolitan), Subban (Central) and McDavid (Pacific). The coaches are Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators (Central) and Gerard Gallant (Pacific) of the Golden Knights.

NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at Amalie Arena, with the skills competition on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET and the game on Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

It will be a 3-on-3 tournament between the four divisions. Unlike previous years, the All-Star Game will be held during the Gasparilla Parade, an annual pirate festival that brings in crowds of 200,000 merrymakers.

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