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Do you, like many sports fans, have no idea where to find good hockey like the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on TV? Well, we can fix that, and explain what's new about the NHL All-Star Game this year.
Time: 4 p.m. Eastern.
TV broadcast: Versus if you live in the United States or CBC if you live in Canada.
Broadcasters: Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk in booth. Charissa Thompson and Bob Harwood on the ice.
Location: RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Teams: Team Lidstrom and Team Staal. The NHL used a fantasy draft system to create its teams, and Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom served as captains.
Rosters: Both teams' rosters are here.
Notable name missing: Sidney Crosby will not participate in the All-Star Game thanks to a concussion that has kept him out of games for almost a month.
For further reading: Check out this StoryStream for live updates from the game.
RALEIGH -- The coaches have been assigned to teams for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville will be in charge of Team Staal, the hometown team led by Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, in Sunday's game, Saturday's skills competition and Friday's All-Star Fantasy Draft. He'll be joined by his assistant, Mike Haviland.
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault will run things on Team Lidstrom, led by future Hall-of-Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The coaches were assigned to teams via coin flip on Friday afternoon.
The players will keep most of the autonomy during Friday's draft process, but the coaches will be involved for the rest of the festivities. Quenneville has the honors based on his success last year as the coach of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. Laviolette and Vigneault earned the honor because their teams entered the midway point of the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, respectively.
For more on tonight's All-Star Fantasy Draft, follow along with our StoryStream.
The final injury replacements have been named, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game will feature one more hometown boy. Rookie Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes will replace one of the injured forwards at the game, as will Colorado forward Paul Stastny. The NHL announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.
Injured All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Ales Hemsky and Tobias Enstrom all have replacements now.
Skinner was already named to the rookie team at the Game. With he and the injured Jordan Eberle off the rookie roster now, the NHL named Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban and yet another hometown kid, Jamie McBain of the Hurricanes, to the rookie roster.
Midway through Friday night's All-Star Draft, the rookies will be split in half. A captain will be named for each group, and they'll select which team they want to join up with. The rookies will help the All-Star teams in Saturday night's Skills Competition.
Add Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes to the list of 2011 NHL All-Stars. The NHL named Yandle an injury replacement on Tuesday afternoon.
The National Hockey League announced today that Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has been selected to participate in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 30. This marks Yandle's first career NHL All-Star appearance.
Yandle replaces Atlanta's Tobias Enstrom, the only defenseman that will miss the game with injury, after he broke a finger on his right hand on Sunday vs. New York.
Two replacement spots are still available after Yandle's addition and the addition of Minnesota forward Martin Havlat.
Martin Havlat of the Minnesota Wild has been named an injury replacement for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. He's 26th in scoring with 43 points, including 13 goals and 30 points on the year.
Havlat's the first injury replacement to be named to the All-Star squad. Danny Briere of the Flyers was named as a replacement late last week, but he's replacing the healthy-but-unable-to-play Jarome Iginla.
Havlat, meanwhile, takes the spot of one of the four injured veteran players who won't be going to Raleigh. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Tobias Enstrom and Ales Hemsky are all skipping the game due to various injuries.
Rookie Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers is also skipping the weekend. He would have participated in the Skills Competition on Saturday night.
Add Tobias Enstrom of the Atlanta Thrashers to the ever-growing list of players who will miss the 2011 NHL All-Star Game with an injury. Enstrom broke his his finger on Sunday in the Thrashers' game against the New York Rangers. This would have been his first All-Star experience.
Enstrom got hit by a shot in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, but still played a team-high 25:56. However, he did not play on Sunday in a 7-1 loss at Tampa Bay -- the first game he had missed in his four-year NHL career. His franchise record of 294 consecutive games was broken that night.
He is expected to miss between two and four weeks.
Enstrom joins Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle as guys who won't be able to play due to injury. Calgary's Jarome Iginla will also miss the game for personal reasons.
Iginla is the only player who's been replaced so far -- by Philadelphia's Danny Briere. The rest of the spots are still open, and there are just three days until Friday's draft.
It was speculated for the better part of the last week, but now we know for sure that Evgeni Malkin's knee injury will keep him from attending the All-Star festivities in Raleigh, N.C. this weekend.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced the news after practice today.
Evgeni Malkin was not out on the ice today and will not be in the game tonight," Bylsma said. "He will also not be going to the All-Star Game this coming week due to the sinus infection, illness - he has symptoms that prevent him from going on the ice at this time. We'll continue to keep him off the ice.
Malkin hasn't played in a week and will miss tonight's game against the New York Islanders, as Bylsma said there in that quote. With he and Crosby out of the game, two of the six fan-selected All-Stars are now out of commission.
No word yet on who will replace any of these injured players.
We knew that Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby would skip this year's NHL All-Star Game thanks to lingering concussion problems, but we didn't know whether or not he would travel to Raleigh for the event.
After all, as the NHL's Golden Boy, Crosby is expected to be the face of just about every NHL event, especially when that event is highlighting the league's star players. In 2009, Crosby traveled to Montreal for the All-Star Weekend despite missing the Game with a different injury.
This year, Crosby's not even going to bother. Via the team:
Sidney Crosby will not attend NHL All-Star Weekend festivities in Raleigh Jan. 28-30 while he continues to recover from a concussion, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today.
"Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free," General Manager Ray Shero said in making the announcement. "The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon."
Crosby will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins host the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. He has not been cleared to resume physical activity.
It's expected that Crosby's line mate, Evgeni Malkin, will skip the All-Star Game with an injury of his own.
Sidney Crosby will miss the 2011 All-Star Game next weekend in Raleigh thanks to lingering concussion struggles, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Crosby's line mate, Evgeni Malkin, is also likely to miss the game with a knee problem that's kept him out of Pittsburgh's last two games.
Crosby missed the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal due to injury.
Now the questions turn to who will replace the two Penguins' stars, as well as Ales Hemsky of the Oilers, who will also likely miss the game with a concussion. By all indications, it's getting to the point where potential replacement players have already made plans for next weekend. Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers told the Delaware County (PA) Times on Sunday that he would turn down an invitation for that very reason.
There are rookies heading to Raleigh next weekend to take part in the Skills Competition on Saturday night, and according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, those players could fill the holes.
As of Saturday, the league was kicking around how the rookies would be chosen for the game. Would they be part of Friday's fantasy draft, or would the rookies win their way into the game by excelling in Saturday night's skills event? Both are interesting ideas.
Interesting indeed. The NHL has done a fantastic job in thinking outside the box for this 2011 All-Star Game, and it appears that there's more than the usual excitement surrounding the game as a result. And that's without Sidney Crosby, who woulda thought?
The alternate captains of Team Eric Staal and Team Nicklas Lidstrom at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game have been named, and there will be a rivalry feel to each team.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning will join Lidstrom of the Red Wings, while Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals will join Staal of the Hurricanes.
Division rivals in Kane and Lidstrom will unite to take on Green and Staal, also division rivals. Interesting picks, there. The two groups of captains will work to pick their teams at the All-Star Fantasy Draft in Raleigh on Friday night, an event that will be televised on Versus in the United States and TSN in Canada.
The captains will select their teams and will also select the lineups for the All-Star Skills Competition, held on Saturday night in Raleigh.
Jarome Iginla's grandmother is ill, and as a result, he's been excused from participating in the NHL All-Star Game next week in Raleigh, N.C. The Calgary Flames released a statement from Iginla.
"It is always an honor to be a part of the NHL All Star Game but unfortunately I have to decline this year," said Iginla. "I just lost my grandfather in the spring and I have learned that my grandmother is not doing very well. With the way the season goes I don't get too many opportunities to see her, and as much as I was looking forward to being in North Carolina for the All Star Game, I just know that my mind will be elsewhere."
Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers will replace Iginla at the game. Briere will join teammate (and housemate) Claude Giroux and coach Peter Laviolette at the event. He told the media after practice on Wednesday that his kids wanted him to participate in the game, and that the best part of making the Game is that his children get to come along with him.
The second word came out that Ales Hemsky suffered a concussion in last night's Oilers game, the speculation began. Who will replace the All-Star in Raleigh next week? Before we jump to that talk, though, an update on Hemsky's condition from the Edmonton Journal:
Hemsky, who had one bolt down the right wing and almost scored in the first period, wasn't available after the game. But the general NHL protocol is you have to stay out of the lineup at least a week if medical people deem you've had a concussion. Obviously, if he's out longer than that, Hemsky's first appearance in an NHL all-star game is in jeopardy. The game is in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30.
The leading candidate to replace Hemsky on the All-Star roster seems to be Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere. Locally, Flyers fans were outraged that Briere, the best offensive player on the East's best team, wasn't named to the team at the start.
Other players that could miss the game include Sidney Crosby, out with a concussion of his own, and Jarome Iginla.
Don't get me wrong here. Eric Staal is having a fantastic season. He's put up 46 points, including 22 goals so far this season, and that's through 45 games. He's a point per game player, basically, on a team without much of a dominate supporting case. That's not meant to be a knock on the Hurricanes, but put it this way: he doesn't have Evgeni Malkin or Martin St. Louis to play with. Fair enough?
It's a fantastic gesture by the NHL's All-Stars to collectively vote the hometown guy in as a captain of one of the All-Stars teams this year, but it's a bit of a curious move from a hockey standpoint. Let's look at some of the other potential candidates that could have taken that spot.
First, the obvious choice would have been Sidney Crosby. He's the poster boy of the league and for good reason: he's the best player in the league. He's injured though, of course, and likely won't be participating in the game even if he's healthy by January 30th. The players wouldn't want to vote in a guy that's not going to play for clear reasons.
Then there's the league's other poster boy, Alex Ovechkin. His name really hasn't been mentioned publicly at all in debates about who would win these captaincies, so I guess it's not really surprising that he didn't get a nod. He's having a relatively terrible season anyway -- not even in the top 30 in goals. But despite all that, he's just one point behind Staal on the year.
What about Jonathan Toews or Steven Stamkos? The former is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner while the latter is quickly proving that he's Crosby's equal in terms of offensive production and flat-out awesomeness. No. 91 currently leads the NHL in goals and he's just four points behind Crosby.
I guess this is the real point here: There are plenty of All-Stars that could've been named a captain, and a lot of them are probably better qualified in terms of the years they're having than Staal. It's pretty clear though that the NHL would love to see Staal as the captain in his home town simply for marketing purposes.
You just know that thousands of Carolina fans are going to be buying those red and white All-Star No. 12 jerseys with STAAL across the back and the 'C' adorned on the chest, and the NHL is going to need those hometown jersey sales more than ever this year. Consider that we won't know the teams of most players until two days before the game, and that it takes more than two days to stock store racks around the league with jerseys.
The question, then, is how much input the NHL brass had on the vote. Not to say there were cahoots involved, here, and it's not to say that it's not possible that the players could just vote the hometown guy in because they all like and respect the hometown guy, but it's worth questioning, right?
Do we just call Daniel Alfredsson a lock to captain one of the teams simply because the game is in Ottawa?
In two weeks, the NHLwill gather in Raleigh, North Carolina for this year's All-Star Game. Hosting them will be the Carolina Hurricanes and their captain, Eric Staal. In a nod to the hometown hero, the group of All-Star players has voted to name him one of the captains of the 2010 game. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom gets the other nod.
Now, officially, Team Staal will take on Team Lidstrom on Sunday, January 30th at RBC Center. First, though, the teams need to be selected, and that'll happen on the Friday night prior to the game in a Draft that will be broadcast on VERSUS and TSN at 7 p.m. Eastern. Staal and Lidstrom will each pick two alternate captains, and the remaining players will be selected in a playground-style format.
NHL.com has a little bit more information:
The NHL All-Star teams are now designated as Team Staal and Team Lidstrom. Team Staal will wear the previously unveiled white Reebok NHL All-Star jerseys, helmets and socks, with red trim throughout and red gloves and pants. Team Lidstrom will wear the dark blue jerseys with royal blue trim, navy blue helmets, gloves and pants and navy blue socks. The All-Star jerseys feature Reebok's trademark Smoothfit numbering and lettering, created from a special process that provides lighter, stretch-based performance and the ability to include a unique design on the back numbers.
Eric Staal wearing the hometown red. There's no doubt it'll be a partisan crowd on hand for the game now, right? Most importantly for the NHL: they can now sell those red All-Star Staal No. 12 jerseys with the 'C' on them.
The coaches will be assigned to each team prior to the Friday night Draft. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and his assistant Mike Haviland will coach one team as a reward for winning the Stanley Cup last June, while Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks and Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers will coach the other team as a reward for holding the best record in the West and the East, respectively, through 41 games.
SB Nation will be on the ground in Raleigh for the entirety of All-Star Weekend, so be sure you stay with us for more on the event.
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