Sunday, January 30, 2011

All-Star Game Preview

58th NHL All-Star Game
Team Lidstrom vs. Team Staal
4:00 ET… TV: Versus, CBC

Five intriguing storylines

Team Lidstrom-
Tim Thomas (2010/11 stats: 24-5-6, 1.81 GAA)
Marc-Andre Fleury (2010/11 stats: 23-11-2, 2.19 GAA)
Jonas Hiller (2010/11 stats: 25-16-3, 2.50 GAA)
Team Staal-
Henrik Lundqvist (2010/11 stats: 21-16-3, 2.29 GAA)
Cam Ward (2010/11 stats: 22-15-5, 2.70 GAA)
Carey Price (2010/11 stats: 24-16-5, 2.36 GAA)

Players to watch:
TL- Brad Richards
Richards is a quiet MVP candidate and could either play alongside old buddy Martin St. Louis or teammate Loui Eriksson.
TS- Alex Ovechkin
We all know ‘Ovie’ is a showman – so this kind of event is one that he could really shine in.

Game Thoughts:
If today’s game is as much fun as the last nights have been fun, this should exceed expectations. This All-Star Weekend has been a lot of fun, more than in past events like this. Team Lidstrom has the better roster; but as we saw last night, Team Staal has the decisive home-ice advantage. They’ll be looking for the sweep today after dominating the skills competition. I don’t see it being as high scoring as other games in the past… but I do see Team Lidstrom hitting double digits and overcoming the crowd.

Prediction: Team Lidstrom 10, Team Staal 7
Game MVP Pick: Matt Duchene (2 G, 1 A)

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