Red Wings six-time Norris Trophy-winner Nicklas Lidstrom
remained the leading vote-getter on defense as of Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. ET. However, his lead had been trimmed to a mere 3,036 votes by supporters of Chicago’s Brian Campbell. And those two hardly had locks on their starting spots, as Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf was within 66,500 votes of Campbell with nine days left in online and mobile text voting.
Up front, Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were well on their way to going from Winter Classic sunlight to All-Star Game spotlight. Kane’s 595,351 votes were the most among all Western Conference players with Toews’ 500,214 nearly 100,000 more than the rest of the forward field.
While the real hockey fans of Orange County have spoken, voting Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf into the third starting position, Detroit and Calgary fans have yet to concede anything. Red Wings Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk
and Henrik Zetterberg
and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla all were within 70,000 votes of Getzlaf’s total.
In goal, the song has remained the same since early in the balloting – Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo is the leader of the pack and held a lead of more than 100,000 votes over Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The vote totals, as of Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. ET, in the fan balloting for the Western Conference starters are detailed below. They reflect adjustments that were made to several players’ totals after it was determined that some votes were cast in a way that did not conform to NHL All-Star Balloting rules.
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.
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XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by 2K Sports
(as of 12/24/08, 7 a.m. ET) Forwards
Patrick Kane Chicago 595,351
Jonathan Toews Chicago 500,214
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 402,369Marian Hossa Detroit 362,224
Jarome Iginla Calgary 356,904Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 337,384
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 332,359
Joe Thornton San Jose 283,323
Patrick Marleau San Jose 234,653
Mikko Koivu Minnesota 159,383
Rick Nash Columbus 114,173
Joe Sakic Colorado 99,466
Mike Ribeiro Dallas 91,261
Shane Doan Phoenix 84,417
Brad Boyes St. Louis 72,959
Ales Hemsky Edmonton 71,950
Marian Gaborik Minnesota 70,599
Olli Jokinen Phoenix 65,632
Paul Stastny Colorado 61,668
Mike Modano Dallas 58,996
Jason Arnott Nashville 56,559
Dustin Brown Los Angeles 55,548
*Devin Setoguchi San Jose 52,922
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles 46,756
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 45,079
Henrik Sedin Vancouver 43,031
Paul Kariya St. Louis 41,322
*Teemu Selanne Anaheim 41,053
Milan Hejduk Colorado 39,072
*Patrick Sharp Chicago 39,019
Brenden Morrow Dallas 33,724
Shawn Horcoff Edmonton 28,741
Brad Richards Dallas 25,414
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 25,070 DefensemenNicklas Lidstrom Detroit 492,315
Brian Campbell Chicago 489,279
Dion Phaneuf Calgary 422,954
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 333,274
Chris Pronger Anaheim 324,859
Dan Boyle San Jose 305,922
Rob Blake San Jose 251,418Brian Rafalski Detroit 210,924
Sheldon Souray Edmonton 159,692
Shea Weber Nashville 121,960
Brent Burns Minnesota 95,454
Robyn Regehr Calgary 47,189 Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo Vancouver 413,623
J.S. Giguere Anaheim 310,390
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose 293,971Chris Osgood Detroit 176,980
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota 122,048
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 68,958
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix 64,317
Pascal Leclaire Columbus 44,233
Marty Turco Dallas 42,618
Note: Write-in candidates are denoted by an asterisk (*).