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 Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (5th)
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (2nd)
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (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.
Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearances)
F John Tavares, New York Islanders (5th)
D Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins (4th)
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals (3rd)
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.Sean Couturier, who is having a career year with 42 points in 42 games for the Flyers, was passed over for Bailey.
Central Division (All-Star appearance)
D John Klingberg, Dallas Stars (1st)
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues (1st)
G Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (1st)
G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators (2nd)
Pacific Division (All-Star appearances)
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (4th)
G Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights (3rd)
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (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 Anaheimgoalie 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 three-on-three tournament among the four divisions.Unlike previous years, the All-Star Game will be held during Tampa's Gasparilla Parade, an annual pirate festival that has previously brought in crowds of 200,000 merrymakers.