NHL All-Star Game Favours Northeast Division Teams

By Jeff Zeffer

The votes are in, polls are closed and the 2012 NHL-All Star game will have a lot of Ontario flavour to it. But overall, the teams for the Northeast Division were the ones to lead the voting for the forward, defensemen and goalie categories.

Before I break things down for you, the biggest surprise in the finals results of the fan voting in my opinion, is Phil Kessel leading the forward category for the majority of the balloting period, then in the last week of voting, Kessel slipped and finished fourth in his category.

As I mentioned before, this year’s All-Star game will be quite the showing for Ontario teams and why not, if you have not heard yet, the game is in Ottawa this year. As you can see below, Ottawa Senators swept the voting, but this is how it usually goes when your city host the All-Star weekend.

1. Daniel Alfredsson – 897,055
2. Jason Spezza – 817,483
3. Milan Michalek – 743,977
4. Phil Kessel – 701,833
5. Joffrey Lupul – 520,843

1. Erik Karlsson – 939,591
2. Dion Phaneuf – 614,933
3. Sergei Gonchar – 603,628
5. Zdeno Chara – 463,650
7. John-Michael Liles – 401,096

1. Tim Thomas – 626,540
2. James Reimer – 498,075

(results courtesy of NHL.com)

Final Comments – It is great to see James Reimer finish second among goalies, despite playing 17 games this season. Now in spite of Milan Michalek being on the Senators, I think his spot in the All-Star game is well deserved. His 19 goals this season is good for a three way tie for 6th place. Michalek’s 19 goals this year has surpassed his 18 goal mark from last season. Lastly I will take any bet on Phil Kessel not being picked last in this year’s All-Star Draft.

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