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Preds Players Make Waves Among League's Best in All-Star Voting

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

On Tuesday, the NHL released a final NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM update prior to its announcement of the final voting results on Saturday, Jan. 3.

The voting results will be used to name the three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender selected by fans to participate in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25. The League will announce the full All-Star Game rosters on Saturday, Jan. 10.

With just two days left before the fan ballot closes on New Year’s Day, five Nashville Predators players continue to make waves among some of the League’s top names.

With over a million votes cast for the five Predators listed below, check out where the group stands in comparison to some of the NHL's biggest names and stars.

Outside of the fan vote, to see which players has predicted to reach the All-Star Game click here.

Pekka Rinne (296,031 votes, fifth among League goaltenders)

-Sits ahead of Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, the former Vezina Trophy winner from the League’s largest market.

-Is one of two Western Conference goaltenders in the Top Five and one of three in the Top 10.

-More than 147,000 votes ahead of fellow Finn, 2014 Vezina Trophy winner and Stanley Cup winner Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

Shea Weber (324,533 votes, seventh among League defensemen)

-Has received 20,000 more votes than the Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano, recently voted by USA Today as the League’s Top Defensemen through Dec. 30.

-Has received 159,045 more votes than Drew Doughty, a 2009-10 Norris Trophy finalist, and member of both the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup champion L.A Kings.

Roman Josi (165,488 votes, 17th among League defensemen)

-Has received the most votes of any Swiss player in the NHL.

-Along with his defense partner Shea Weber, has received a collective 490,021 votes, fourth most among all NHL d-pairings.

-Received 67,108 more votes than Shea Weber’s former defensive partner, Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild.

Filip Forsberg (141,183 votes, 26th among League forwards)

-Has received the most votes of any NHL rookie.

-Sits more than 5,000 votes ahead of former NHL All-Star Claude Giroux (2011, 2012) of the Philadelphia Flyers.

-A mere 2,400 votes behind Jaromir Jagr, a 12-time NHL All-Star and winner of five Art Ross Trophies, three Lester B. Pearson Awards, a Hart Memorial Trophy and two Stanley Cups.

James Neal (134,076 votes, 28th among League forwards)

-Is ahead of both Phil Kessel and Ryan Getzlaf in voting, both of whom sit in the NHL’s Top 10 in scoring this season.

-Has 14,384 more votes than Anze Kopitar, the defending Stanley Cup Champion L.A Kings’ third-leading scorer.

All NHL players are included on this year’s ballot, to help vote your favorite Nashville Predators player into the 2015 All-Star Game visit or cast your ballot using the Smashville App (available for download on the App Store or Google Play).

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