COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire ranks eighth overall among all Western Conference vote-getters and second among goaltenders, while left wing Rick Nash ranks ninth among forwards in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, presented by 2K Sports, the NHL announced December 19.
Leclaire has received 150,823 votes and trails Vancouver's Roberto Luongo who has received 185,990 votes. Nash ranks ninth among forwards with 95,265 votes. The top 10 vote-getters in the Western Conference are: defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit (354,186); forward Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit (247,118); defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Calgary (235,008); forward Pavel Datsyuk (214,299); Luongo; forward Jarome Iginla, Calgary (174,613); defenseman Chris Pronger, Anaheim (155,039); Leclaire; defenseman Rob Blake Los Angeles (132,233) and forward Joe Sakic, Colorado (131,437).
Fans around the world can go online at NHL.com to "Vote Now, Vote Often" for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star starters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The voting began on November 12 and concludes on January 2.
The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, January 27 in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NASN, NHL Radio). Fans can vote for six Eastern Conference All-Stars and six Western Conference All-Stars: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender for each team. If a player is not listed on the ballot, a space is provided for write-in votes. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL Clubs has at least two representatives on the ballot.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.