BOSTON - The 2019-20 NHL All-Star Game will be held on Saturday, January 25 at the Enterprise Center, which is the home rink of the St. Louis Blues, the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The Boston Bruins team, which has been among the best in the entire league so far this season, is thusly pretty well-represented. There are a few snubs that will be discussed, but what team doesn't have snubs?
For the first time in his career, David Pastrnak, a leading scorer across all NHL categories (and someone I believe is in the Hart Trophy discussion), was named one of the All-Star Game captains, per The Boston Globe. He will head the Atlantic Division on the heels of 58 points with 29 goals and 29 assists so far this season. There's no doubting that Pastrnak should be an All-Star, but it was also cool to see goalie Tuukka Rask from Boston make the roster. He has a 15-4-5 record on the season so far with a whopping .923 save percentage.
Additionally, the Last Men In category, which allows fans to vote for one final member of the roster, features another Bruin. Patrice Bergeron, who has 35 points on the season so far, is in the Last Men In consideration. But he does have some stiff competition, like Detroit's Dylan Larkin and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. In my entirely unbiased opinion, Bergeron deserves the nod!
The biggest snub was undoubtedly Brad Marchand, who has 58 points on the season with 39 assists and 19 goals. He should've been a unanimous All-Star, but I think he will be content with the fact that he's in the best unit in hockey instead.
In addition to Pastrnak, the other captains are Alexander Ovevchkin (Washington Capitals) for the Metropolitan Division, who opted to sit out of the game, Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) for the Central Division, and Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) for the Pacific Division. Other notable All-Stars are Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Dougie Hamilton (Carolina Hurricanes), and Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning).
It's sure to be a great game and hopefully, the Bruins will represent themselves well!
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