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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lowdown on the NHL All-Star Game Metropolitan Division

The rosters for the NHL All-Star Game were announced on Tuesday. The Metropolitan Division will be well represented with eleven of the league’s most talented players. The team will consist of six forwards, three defensemen, two goalies and a coach. The Captain of each division was chosen by fan voting. The remainder of the roster was selected by the NHL. Each of the league’s thirty teams is required to send at least one player to the All-Star Game.

Coach

John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets): He has led the Blue Jackets in 40 games this season with 28 wins, 8 losses and 60 points. He won a Stanley Cup in 2004 and also received the Jack Adams award for coach of the year in 2004.

Forwards

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) (Captain): Captain of the Penguins, 35 games played this season with 26 goals, 19 assists and 45 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and 2016 as well as countless other awards. He was voted by fans to Captain the All-Star Metro Division.

Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils): 32 games played this season with 9 goals, 16 assists and 25 points. He played at the 2016 World Championships, helping Canada to successfully defend their gold medal.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): 41 games played this season with 17 goals, 28 assists and 45 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and 2016. This is his seventh time being selected to the All-Star Game, following only Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): Captain of the Capitals, 41 games played this season with 21 goals, 14 assists and 35 points. He has led the NHL in goal scoring and won the Rocket Richard Trophy six times in his career.

Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers): 43 games played this season with 17 goals, 15 assists and 32 points. He's recorded 3 Gordie Howe hat tricks in his career. He is popular among our female writers due to this incident

John Tavares (New York Islanders): Captain of the Islanders, 39 games played this season with 11 goals, 16 assists and 27 points. He played in the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Defensemen

Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes): 34 games played this season with 7 goals, 10 assists and 17 points. This will be his second appearance in the All-Star Game. His first was in 2015. He played in the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships as well as the 2012, 2013 and 2014 World Championships.

Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets): 34 games played this season with 7 goals, 11 assists and 18 points. He played in the 2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup, the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers): Captain of the Rangers, 41 games played this season with 2 goals, 23 assists and 25 points. This will be his second time playing in the All-Star Game. He led the Rangers to win the Presidents' Trophy in 2015.

Goaltenders

Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets): 34 games played this season with 26 wins, 6 loses and a save percentage of .931. He won the Vezina Trophy for Best Goaltender in 2013. He played in the 2007 Super Series, the 2008 World Junior Championship, the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Championships.

Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals): 33 games played this season with 20 wins, 8 losses and a save percentage of .932. He won the Vezina Trophy for Best Goaltender in 2016. He played in both the All-Star Game and the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

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