While much about the fan balloting for the Western Conference All-Star starters has come into focus, a wild battle is raging among three former Norris Trophy-winners for the chance line up next to Chicago’s Brian Campbell on the blue line for the face-off of the 57th NHL All-Star Game.
As of 7 a.m. today, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer had nudged slightly ahead of Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom
for the second-highest vote total among Western Conference defensemen in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal on Jan. 25.
Chris Pronger was hot on the heels of his Anaheim teammate Niedermayer and the Red Wings’ Lidstrom, with polls open for three more days. Campbell, meanwhile, had spent the last week surging to the top among the conference’s defensemen and led the rest of the field by nearly 80,000 votes.
In goal, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere finally overtook Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and appears to be drawing away. As of this morning, Giguere held a lead of approximately 60,000 votes over Luongo.
Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews continued to be the balloting pace-setters up front, with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf opening a large lead over Detroit’s Marian Hossa for the third and final starting forward spot.
The vote totals, as of 7 a.m. ET, in the fan balloting for the Western Conference starters are detailed below.
Through Jan. 2, NHL fans can vote as often as they like in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com. Those in the U.S. and Canada also are able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. Real-time results are available exclusively at http://Vote.NHL.com/results.
Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western Conference players -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. Fans are permitted to select as few as one player -- a balloted player or write-in -- per online ballot at Vote.NHL.com or via text message.
To vote using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. Fans interested in voting for all of their favorite team’s balloted players can text the team nickname (e.g., Bruins) to 81812. Standard text messaging charges will apply.
XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by 2K Sports
(as of 12/30/08, 7 a.m. ET) ForwardsPlayer Team Votes
Patrick Kane Chicago 774,062
Jonathan Toews Chicago 674,583
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 607,189Marian Hossa Detroit 385,106
Jarome Iginla Calgary 383,917
Joe Thornton San Jose 379,609Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 361,803
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 355,610
Patrick Marleau San Jose 327,147
Mikko Koivu Minnesota 167,708
Rick Nash Columbus 121,747
Joe Sakic Colorado 103,464
Shane Doan Phoenix 98,722
Mike Ribeiro Dallas 94,877
Brad Boyes St. Louis 80,154
Olli Jokinen Phoenix 78,353
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 76,649
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 74,353
Paul Stastny Colorado 64,222
Mike Modano Dallas 62,451
Jason Arnott Nashville 61,440
Dustin Brown Los Angeles 61,294
*Devin Setoguchi San Jose 57,998
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 50,604
*Patrick Sharp Chicago 49,008
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 48,093
*Teemu Selanne Anaheim 46,932
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 45,501
Paul Kariya St. Louis 45,009
Milan Hejduk Colorado 41,131
Brenden Morrow Dallas 34,704
Shawn Horcoff Edmonton 30,606
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 28,259
Brad Richards Dallas 27,117 Defensemen
Brian Campbell Chicago 655,222
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 532,702Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 526,555
Chris Pronger Anaheim 523,113
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 453,335
Dan Boyle San Jose 404,915
Rob Blake San Jose 345,524Brian Rafalski Detroit 225,132
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 169,818
Shea Weber Nashville 129,843
Brent Burns Minnesota 99,395
Robyn Regehr Calgary 51,776 Goalies
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim 511,750
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 438,841
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 394,245Chris Osgood Detroit 188,700
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 128,547
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix 76,934
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 76,309
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 46,818
Marty Turco Dallas 45,141
Note: Write-in candidates are denoted by an asterisk (*).