|It's All Star Sunday, but without the Kid.
Photo by Roebot.
It’s January 29th and high time the National Hockey League All Star Game got going. It’s just not going to be as thrilling a contest without injured megastar Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ concussed and super-talented Kid won’t be seeing any action on Sunday; nor is he likely to be seen in a game any time soon.
And he’s not the only megastar to be missing from the annual goal fest called the All Star Game. Alex Ovechkin, The Great 8 of the Washington Capitals, also will sit out Sunday’s exhibition. And in fact they’re not even calling the NHL’s annual midseason talent break the All Star Game, anymore. That’s just too boring.
Team Daniel Alfredsson takes on team Zdeno Chara at 1PM Pacific on Sunday, at the Scotiabank Place is Ottawa, and there will be plenty of stars in this game, notwithstanding the aforementioned exceptions, Ovi and The Kid.
In a weekend short on sports, the National Football League follows up the NHL with its own All Star game at 4 Pacific. It’s the NHL that kicks it off for us hungry sports fans, and if history is any indicator, this game should end up something like 8-6.
Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks leads a list of one-time first overall picks to dot the star-spangled ice of Canada’s capital. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning is one of the more notable on this list, and he is having another very high caliber season.
Stamkos is a scoring machine in Tampa Bay, following up last season’s 46-goal, 45- assist effort with 52 points in 48 games thus far in 2011-12. His 32 goals are 5 more than his closest competition on that front-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks-and only 4 players have more than his 52 points at the break.
Among the former first overall picks featured in this tilt are Toews’ teammate Patrick Kane and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Should be quite a show!
A player who fell far, far from number 1(like, 171) is Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, and he’s also 1 of the 4 players in the league with more than Stamkos’ 52 points. The smooth skating Russian is one of the players to watch on Sunday, and he can make the best look lost at times on the ice. Give him a goal just for showing up.
But what about the guys they named the teams for? Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins have picked their teams and stocked them with unbelievable talent.
Alfredsson has 38 points in 46 games with Washington, and his 17 goals rank just behind Ovechkin’s 20. The Swede is on pace for about 30 goals this year, and he has shown he belongs in the All Star Game.
As for Zdeno Chara, it almost doesn’t matter how much he scores; his plus/minus rating is from another planet! However he does it, Chara seems to be on the ice very time Boston scores. His plus 26 almost sounds like a joke, and if you look at his career rating in that category, you see the joke’s on you! How does a plus 142 sound? Yikes-that’s amazing.
Look for lots of scoring in this one as fleet skaters and standoffish defensemen rule the day. Feelin' the Teal; Sharkfreak