Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have plenty of representation at the NHL All-Star Game, the league's annual midseason showcase.
Forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were selected from the Lightning to play in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center in San Jose on January 26 the League announced Wednesday. Tampa Bay will have at least two representatives at the All-Star Game for the fifth season in a row.
Additionally, Lightning center Brayden Point is one of 31 finalists for the last man in vote. For the first time this season, fans will get to select the last man in on each team.
Video: Kucherov on All-Star Selection
Kucherov will be making his third-consecutive All-Star Game appearance. He currently leads the NHL for scoring (65 pts.) and assists (45) and brings an 11-game scoring streak, tied for the longest of his career, into the 2019 calendar year. Kucherov paces the NHL for multi-point games with 20, including multiple points in six-consecutive games currently, and ranks second in the League for power-play scoring (23 pts.).
Stamkos was picked for his second-straight All-Star Game - he was voted by fans as the Atlantic Division captain last season - and sixth overall, tying Martin St. Louis for most All-Star Game selections in Lightning franchise history. Stamkos set a Bolts record for most goals in a single month after scoring 14 goals in December and has 22 goals on the season, ranking second on the Lightning and tied for 11th in the NHL. Stamkos also ranks tied for fifth in the League for power-play goals (8).
Point competed in his first All-Star Game in 2018 in his NHL second season after being selected as a replacement for teammate Victor Hedman. Point leads the Lightning for goals in 2018-19 and ranks tied for ninth in the NHL with 23. Point is also third in the League for power-play goals (10) and seventh for scoring (52 pts.).
Video: Stamkos on All-Star Selection
Fans voted for the captains of each division - Toronto's Auston Matthews (Atlantic), Washington's Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon (Central) and Edmonton's Connor McDavid (Pacific) -- and the NHL Hockey Operations Department selected the remaining 40 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies from each division for a total of 44 All-Stars.
And although it hasn't officially been announced by the League, Jon Cooper will also coach the Atlantic Division All-Star team for the second-straight season as the coach of the team with the highest points percentage in the division at the halfway point of the regular season. The Lightning will finish with no fewer than 64 points at the halfway mark, which they'll reach tomorrow in game No. 41 at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. Eastern puck drop). Second-place Toronto can only reach a maximum of 58 points at the 41-game mark.
Atlantic Division Roster
F Jack Eichel, BUF
F Nikita Kucherov, TB
F * Auston Matthews, TOR
F David Pastrnak, BOS
F Steven Stamkos, TBL
F John Tavares, TOR
D Thomas Chaobt, OTT
D Keith Yandle, FLA
G Jimmy Howard, DET
G Carey Price, MTL