Victor Hedman will have some familiar company when he attends the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis next week.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been added to the Atlantic Division roster, replacing Boston's Tuukka Rask, the League announced today. Vasilevskiy will be making his third-straight All-Star Game appearance and third overall for his career.
Vasilevskiy's three All-Star Game selections are the most-ever by a Tampa Bay goaltender, surpassing Nikolai Khabibulin's two appearances in 2002 and 2003.
Vasilevskiy has picked up this season where he left off in 2018-19 when he was awarded the franchise's first Vezina Trophy after going 39-10-4 with six shutouts. Vasilevskiy is currently ranked tied for first among NHL goalies for wins (22) with St. Louis' Jordan Binnington and is on an eight-game win streak, the third longest of his career.
Vasilevskiy has posted back-to-back shutouts and hasn't allowed a goal in his last 145:55 of action. The 25-year-old Russian goaltender hasn't lost in regulation since December 14, going 9-0-1 since.
On Monday, Vasilevskiy was named the NHL's First Star of the week ending January 12 after posting wins in three-straight starts and putting up a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage.
For the season, Vasilevskiy has compiled a 22-9-2 record with a .915 save percentage and 2.58 goals-against average.
With Vasilevskiy's inclusion in the League's showcase, the Lightning will have multiple participants at the All-Star Game for the sixth-consecutive season.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be played January 25 at St. Louis' Enterprise Center.