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Boudreau to Coach Central Division All-Stars

Minnesota's overtime point Saturday elevates first-year Wild coach to All-Star Game

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

With its point in a loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota Wild secured a winning percentage that will send head coach Bruce Boudreau to the NHL All-Star Game on January 29.

Boudreau will coach the Central Division squad, captained by P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators. The game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles -- the same venue in which the Wild fell 4-3 in overtime Saturday. All-Star captains were chosen by fans in the NHL All-Star Fan Vote, and the remaining 40 players partaking in All-Star festivities will be named by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department.

Tweet from @mnwild: �� Bruce Boudreau reacts after #MINvsLAK and talks about becoming a coach for the #NHLAllStar Game.

The Wild's winning percentage of .697 ties the Washington Capitals for the third-best in the League, and it puts Minnesota above Chicago's .655 for best in the Central.

Under Boudreau, the Wild has accumulated 53 points in 38 games, going 24-9-5 in that stretch. Minnesota also owns the best goal differential in the Western Conference.

This year's event will mark the first time that the Wild's head coach will oversee an All-Star team.


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