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Weber First Preds Player to Surpass 200,000 Votes

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

Another week of the All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM is in the books and the NHL announced that voting has surpassed the 20 million mark in just the fourth week of voting, an average of nearly 714,286 votes a day. With voters from all 196 countries casting ballots, the NHL released the most up-to-date listing of vote getters for each position; the Top 10 goalies, Top 30 defensemen and Top 40 forwards.

The six players (one goalie, three forwards, two defensemen) selected by fans will earn spots in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio, with the remaining final rosters being determined by the NHL.

All five Preds, Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, James Neal, Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber who held spots among the top vote getters in their positions as of last week’s voting update (Tuesday, Dec. 9), have maintained their positioning among the top candidates in their respective positions.

In the last week, Rinne received 56,993 votes, an average of nearly 8,142 votes a day, the most votes gathered in the previous seven days by a Preds player.

Defenseman Weber became the first Preds player to surpass the 200,000 vote mark. With 226,572 votes cast with his name to date, Weber maintains his hold on the seventh spot in the position. Weber’s defensive partner Josi currently sits at 15th among defenseman voting, making the Preds one of only four teams (Chicago, Montreal, Calgary) to have two blueliners in the Top 15.

Neal and Forsberg, who last week sat at 29th and 30th in the forward category respectively, flipped flopped over the past seven days with Forsberg taking over the 29th spot and Neal moving to 30th. The two linemates are currently separated by a mere 631 votes.

Here are a few more details about the five Preds players making moves on the list and their seasons thus far:

Goaltender Pekka Rinne

Where does he stand?

- With 195,750 votes, ranks sixth among NHL goaltenders

- One of three Western Conference goalies in the Top 10

- Has more than 50,000 votes more than Jhonas Enroth who sits in seventh.

- At sixth on the goaltenders list, has the highest ranking of any Preds players on the All-Star voting lists

Season so far?

- Only goalie to have tallied 19 wins so far this season

- Among all League goalies his 1.75 goals-against average is third and his .937 save percentage is fourth.

- Has three shutouts this season: Oct. 17 vs. Winnipeg, Nov. 27 vs. Edmonton and Dec. 9 vs. Colorado.

- Owns a .875 save percentage in the shootout (16-of-18, 11 straight)

- Named NHL’s Third Star of the Month for November

Defenseman Shea Weber

Where does he stand?

- With 226,572 votes, ranks seventh among NHL defensemen

- Third ranked Western Conference defenseman on the list

Season so far?

- Leads Nashville defensemen with 17 points and six goals

- First among all Preds skaters and fourth among all NHL skaters in average time on ice per game (26:28)

- Ranks in the NHL’s Top 20 in hits (68) and is first on the team in the category

- His plus/minus of +13 is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen and is in the League’s Top 20

- In the Top 15 among NHL defensemen in blocked shots (64)

Defenseman Roman Josi

Where does he stand?

- With 113,067 votes, ranks 15th among League defensemen

Season so far?

- Leads the Preds and is seventh in the NHL in blocked shots (75)

- Second on the team and fifth in the League in average time on ice (26:21)

- Second among Preds blueliners with 15 points this season and leads team defenseman in assists (12)

Forward Filip Forsberg

Where does he stand?

- Only rookie to make an appearance in the Top Vote Getters list

- With 91,008 votes, ranks 29th among NHL forwards

Season so far?

- Leads NHL rookies and the Preds with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 29 games

- His plus/minus rating of +24 is the best in the entire League

- Averages the highest time on ice of any rookie forward (17:30)

- Named the NHL’s November Rookie of the Month

Forward James Neal

Where does he stand?

- With 90,377 votes, ranks 30th among NHL forwards

Season so far?

- Leads Nashville in shots (104), a mark that puts him in the League’s Top 15

- His 11 goals are good for second most on the team and his 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) put him in third

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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