– Red Wings teammates Nicklas Lidstrom
and Henrik Zetterberg
continue to top all Western Conference defensemen and forwards, respectively, in the NHL All-Star fan balloting. Lidstrom’s 301,245 votes lead the West overall while Zetterberg’s 210,890 votes are the most among forwards. More than 7.9 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 Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf (203,326) are the top defensemen in votes. Zetterberg, Red Wings teammate Pavel Datsyuk
(174,141) and Flames right wing Jarome Iginla (149,550) are the top three forwards. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo (154,591) leads all goaltenders.
Through Jan. 2, fans around the world can go online at NHL.com 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.