Wild's Eric Staal named All-Star


Eric Staal is the only member of the Minnesota Wild this season to get the nod to the annual NHL All-Star game.

The hometown Tampa Bay Lightning will have the most representatives at the game as winger Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and captain Steven Stamkos all earned selections.

The 2018 Honda NHL All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28, in Tampa, Florida.

Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are both making their seventh All-Star appearance, more than any other player on the four rosters.

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The Avalanche has just one NHL All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. Nathan was chosen as the NHL's Third Star of the Week for November 13-19 after recording seven points (2g/5a) in three contests, including a career-high five-point effort (1g/4a) on November 16 vs. Washington. Green was also named an NHL First-Team All-Star in 2009 and 2010 after leading the league's defensemen in points in back-to-back seasons.

Selected first overall by Colorado in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon has totaled 258 points (93g/165a) in 341 career NHL games. He also has team-highs in game-winning goals (four), overtime goals (two), power-play points (17) and shots (136).

The league made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman was named a Second-Team NHL All-Star following both the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.

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