Carey Price certainly didn't look like an all-star at the beginning of this season, but the Canadiens' goaltender is headed to the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28, in Tampa.
This will be Staal's fifth appearance in the All-Star Game; he previously participated in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 - all as a member of the Hurricanes. The Boston native is eighth in the National Hockey League in goals by defensemen. This year's game is January 28 in Tampa, Fla. and will again feature 11 players from each of the NHL's four divisions.
Snubbed were two standout members of the inaugural Golden Knights squad: center William Karlsson, now tied for fifth in the league with 22 goals as well as 14 assists; and center Jonathan Marchessault, the Golden Knights' points leader with 40 points, including 16 goals and 24 assists. Those 30 points are tied for sixth in the league among defensemen, and he is second in even-strength points (22).
The NHL announced its All-Star rosters Wednesday. He proved to be a bargain, tallying 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 2016-17, and has continued to prove himself this season. Last year, he scored two goals and was +4 in two games for the Metropolitan Division team. The all-star skills competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The four head coaches for all-star weekend will be Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators (Central), Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals (Metro) and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific). Burns had a combined 151 points the last two seasons, including 76 last season, a team record for a defenseman.
For the third consecutive season, the All-Star Game will pit each of the four divisions against each other in a three-game tournament played three-on-three with $1 million in prize money up for grabs.