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Detroit continues fan-voting domination

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
NEW YORK -- The top-ranked Red Wings continue to dominate the Western Conference in NHL All-Star fan balloting.

Nicklas Lidstrom leads all players in the West in votes with 354,186, while teammates Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are the top forwards with 247,118 and 214,299 votes, respectively. 

More than 9.2 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, January 27 in Atlanta.

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.

Lidstrom and Dion Phaneuf (235,008) of the Calgary Flames are the top two defensemen in votes in the West. Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla (174,613) lead all forwards in votes. Roberto Luongo (185,990) of the Vancouver Canucks is the top goaltender.

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.  
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