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NHL Network will have a two-hour show leading up the draft starting at 6 p.m. ET on Friday. Deb Placey and Heidi Androl will be interviewing players and their families in the green room to find out what the All-Stars are thinking before the event. Team captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom also will discuss their strategy about the forthcoming fantasy draft.
After the draft is complete, NHL Network will have a one-hour recap show starting at 9:30 p.m. The alternate captains (Ryan Kesler, Mike Green, Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane) will be interviewed afterwards for insight into the picks and to handicap the weekend.
Thanks to the new format for choosing sides for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, it is possible members of the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will be teaming up at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., just months after battling for the Stanley Cup.
NHL Network will have a special guest analyst for All-Star Weekend with plenty of history playing for both. Jeremy Roenick, a nine-time All-Star who spent eight seasons with Chicago and three with Philadelphia, will join the crew breaking down the weekend -- including a one-on-one on-ice challenge with ex-NHL goaltender and colleague Kevin Weeks.
Coverage from the network Saturday will include a three-hour pregame show leading up to the Honda SuperSkills competition, including interviews from the NHL All-Star Red Carpet Show and Commissioner Gary Bettman's State of the League news conference. There also will be a post-SuperSkills recap show.
There will be three more hours of NHL Network coverage on Sunday, including pre- and post-game shows from inside RBC Center, with plenty of highlights and interviews.
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will be televised Sunday at 4 p.m. on VERSUS, CBC and RDS.