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Lidstrom extends lead among Western Conference vote-getters in XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, presented by 2K Sports @NHLdotcom
NEW YORK  –  With less than one week of voting left, Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom maintains his lead among all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports.  With 420,436 votes, Lidstrom’s tally is significantly more than top forward and teammate Henrik Zetterberg (291,952).  More than 10.8 million votes have been cast in the all-digital voting program.

The voting will determine the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 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 top defensemen in votes are Lidstrom and Dion Phaneuf (275,395) of the Calgary Flames.  Zetterberg, teammate Pavel Datsyuk and Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla (213,258) lead all forwards in votes. Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo leads all goaltenders in votes with 228,583.

The starters will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at 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.  

On, the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports section features an interactive ballot, showcasing players with video clips, photos and virtual video game highlights created from in-game NHL® 2K8 footage.  Residents of the United States and Canada who vote are able to register for a chance to win a variety of daily prizes, including XM XpressRC radios with three months of free service, 2K Sports games, autographed 2008 NHL All-Star jerseys and gift certificates.

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to attend the 2008 NHL All-Star Game as guests of XM.  The winner will watch the game in a private suite with former NHL players.  Additionally, each registered voter will automatically qualify to receive a 14-day free trial of XM Radio Online.

Verizon Wireless customers can vote and can register for the sweepstakes by voting using their Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones. The process is simple: launch the Mobile Web browser, select Sports, select NHL Mobile and then select All-Star Balloting.  To vote, follow the instructions on the screen.

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe.  NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and

XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports
Western Conference

(as of 12/26/07)
Player                                     NHL Club              Votes
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 291,952
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 262,619
Jarome Iginla Calgary 213,258
Joe Sakic Colorado 150,103
Mike Cammalleri Los Angeles 147,940
Joe Thornton San Jose 131,737
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 125,366
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 116,799
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 116,733
Jason Arnott Nashville 110,008
Rick Nash Columbus 107,056
Paul Stastny Colorado 104,208
Mike Modano Dallas 84,894
Paul Kariya St. Louis 67,380
Shane Doan Phoenix 65,253
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 59,035
Markus Naslund Vancouver 48,369
Ryan Smyth Colorado 44,422
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 43,933
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 41,860
Martin Havlat Chicago 40,850
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 40,533
Milan Hejduk Colorado 36,514
Andy McDonald St. Louis 30,955
Patrick Marleau San Jose 28,079
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 27,931
Brian Rolston Minnesota 24,283
Daymond Langkow Calgary 23,091
Brenden Morrow Dallas 20,121
*Patrick Kane Chicago 17,112
David Legwand Nashville 11,969

Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 420,436
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 275,395
Chris Pronger Anaheim 181,529
Rob Blake Los Angeles 155,391
Francois Beauchemin Anaheim 135,966
Brian Rafalski Detroit 121,920
Sergei Zubov Dallas 87,474
Scott Hannan Colorado 85,534
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 84,958
Ed Jovanovski Phoenix 79,751
Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 77,470
Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 48,296
Robyn Regehr Calgary 32,861

Roberto Luongo Vancouver 228,583
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 165,499
Dominik Hasek Detroit 104,122
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim 90,596
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 74,465
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 72,029
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 50,562
Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago 46,259
Marty Turco Dallas 41,141

*write-in candidate

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