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Lidstrom, Datsyuk added to West roster

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – The Red Wings won’t have a starter on the Western Conference squad when the 57th All-Star Game gets underway in Montreal on Jan. 25. But the Wings will be represented –  and rightly so – by captain Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk.

For Lidstrom, the All-Star Game at Bell Centre will be his 10th straight All-Star appearance and his 11th overall. Datsyuk is a third time All-Star, having played in the 2004 game in St. Paul, Minn., and last season in Atlanta.

With his 11th All-Star game selection, Lidstrom passes former Red Wings Ted Lindsay and Steve Yzerman for third-best all-time in franchise history. Legendary forward Gordie Howe played in an NHL record 23 All-Star games between 1948-80, and hall-of-famer Alex Delvecchio played in 13 games from 1953-67.

All 15 Western teams are represented on this year's All-Star roster.

The San Jose Sharks, who own the NHL's best record (29-5-5), will be represented by center Joe Thornton and defenseman Dan Boyle, who will make his All-Star debut.

In addition to Boyle, others making their first All-Star Game appearance are Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom, Nashville defenseman Shea Weber and Los Angeles left wing Dustin Brown.

Others added to the Western Conference team include Columbus left wing Rick Nash, Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo and Edmonton defenseman Sheldon Souray.

This year's high-scoring West attack is rounded out by Calgary right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado right wing Milan Hejduk, Dallas center Mike Modano, Phoenix right wing Shane Doan and St. Louis center Keith Tkachuk.

The players selected today join six players voted by fans to the starting lineup: defenseman Brian Campbell and forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, and defenseman Scott Niedermayer, forward Ryan Getzlaf and goaltender J.S. Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Western Conference roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with league general managers.

(statistics through games of Jan. 6, 2009)

                                                                                   2008-09 Statistics    All-Star
GOALTENDERS                                              GP    W    L    OT    GAA    Appearance
* J.S. Giguere, Anaheim Ducks                   26    11    9    4    2.96    1st
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild             33    19    12    2    2.14    1st
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks       19    11    5    2    2.17    3rd

                                                                           2008-09 Statistics    All-Star
DEFENSEMEN                                                 GP    G    A    Pts    Appearance
* Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks     37    6    22    28    3rd
* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks          41    5    19    24    5th
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings         37    5    22    27    11th
Sheldon Souray, Edmonton Oilers                37    12    16    28    3rd
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators                 39    12    16    28    1st
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks                          38    12    20    32    1st

                                                                             2008-09 Statistics    All-Star
FORWARDS                                                      GP    G    A    Pts    Appearance
* Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks            35    16    25    41    1st
* Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks     37    11    21    32    1st
* Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks                      40    15    31    46    2nd
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames                      40    18    28    46    5th
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche                40    13    16    29    3rd
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets              40    17    22    39    4th
Mike Modano, Dallas Stars                              38    13    13    26    7th
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings                39    17    28    45    3rd
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings                  39    13    13    26    1st
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes                        41    18    20    38    2nd
Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues                        39    14    13    27    5th
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks                       39    9    37    46    6th

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