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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 3:13 PM ET
Get to know JT's teammates for the weekend. Here is the roster and tonight's lineup for Team Alfredsson. Next to each player is a fact about them.

Event: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

All-Star backwards: Kris Letang - The Pens d-man scored his first NHL goal on Henrik Lundqvist in his third NHL game in 2006.
Goalie: Jonathan Quick - Everyone probably knows by now, the Kings goalie is the brother-in-law of Matt Moulson. They are married to sisters.
Rookie: Carl Hagelin - The Rangers rookie is the first Swede to play for the University of Michigan.
All-Star: Keith Yandle - Over the summer, the Coyotes d-man signed a 5-year deal worth $26.6 million.
All-Star: Erik Karlsson - The Ottawa Senators d-man was picked second overall by Alfredsson in the All-Star Fantasy Draft. He was picked 15th overall by Ottawa in 2008, the same year the Islanders drafted Josh Bailey eighth overall.

Event: Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge

Rookie: Sean Couturier - This Flyer has 10 goals and nine assists this season with a plus-13 rating.
All-Star: John Tavares - What can be said about John Tavares that we haven't said already? He's been in beast mode and has 22 points in the last 14 games.
All-Star: Logan Couture - He will be popular in Ottawa. The Sharks center played for the Ottawa 67's and he was third in OHL rookie scoring in 2005–06, behind John Tavares and Sergei Kostitsyn. In the 2007 OHL All-Star Game, he won the accuracy shooting competition.
Goalie: Brian Elliott - The Blues goalie was drafted by the Senators in 2003 with the 291st overall pick. Elliott currently leads the NHL in goals against average (1.69), save percentage (.938) and is second in shutouts (5). He is 15-5-2 in 23 games.

Event: Canadian Tire NHL Accuracy Shooting

Rookie: Matt Read - The Flyers rookie has gotten off to a solid start. The benchmark game of his young career was a career-high 4-point effort (goal, 3 assists) as the Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 7-2 on Oct. 14, 2011.
All-Star: Jason Spezza - Spezza was just the third 16-year-old to represent Canada in the World Junior Championships in 2000. The other two 16-year-olds? Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.
All-Star: Steven Stamkos - The first overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Stamkos is of Macedonian and Scottish decent.
All-Star: Daniel Sedin - Was born six minutes after his twin brother, Henrik.
Passer: Alex Edler - This is the perfect event for the underrated play-making Canuck as he is the second-highest point producing defenseman in the NHL, thanks in large part to his 27 assists.
Passer: Dan Girardi - Girardi is the only undrafted player participating in this year's All-Star events.
Passer: Claude Giroux - His NHL career began in Ottawa. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 19, 2008 against the Senators.
Passer: Henrik Sedin - On Oct. 8, 2000, Henrik assisted on Daniel's first-career NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Event: G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay

One-timer passer: Nick Johnson - The rookie winger was claimed off waivers by Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2011.
One-timer right-handed: Shea Weber - The d-man switched to defense permanently in his second year of bantam.
One-timer right-handed: Kris Letang
One-timer right-handed: Steven Stamkos
Passing accuracy: Henrik Sedin
Puck control: Milan Michalek - The Senators left wing's brother is Zybnek Michalek of the Penguins.
Stick handling: Logan Couture
Target shooter: James Neal - The Pens forward has stepped up in the absence of Sidney Crosby. He and teammate Evgeni Malkin are among the league leaders in goals. Neal has 26 and is tied for third with Phil Kessel. Malkin has 27 goals.
One-timer passer: Alex Edler
One-timer left-handed: Keith Yandle
One-timer left-handed: Scott Hartnell - The gritty Flyer played his first NHL game in Japan against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000.
One-timer left-handed: John Tavares
Passing accuracy: Daniel Sedin
Puck control: Craig Smith - Smith was drafted by the Predators 98th overall in 2009 and went straight to the NHL. He is the first player since Colin Wilson to make the Predators without first playing for the Milwaukee Admirals.
Stick handling: Claude Giroux
Target shooter: Jason Pominville - He's the 13th full-time captain in Sabres history.

* Note: Two rookies must participate per team.

Event: Blackberry NHL Hardest Shot

Rookie: Justin Faulk - Last year, the Hurricanes rookie won the National Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
All-Star: Daniel Alfredsson - The Senators Captain for the last 11 years - the longest tenure in the NHL - never thought he would make it in hockey. In a story in Saturday's Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor writes that Alfredsson didn't even know he was drafted. Agents called his home asking if he would need repesentation, and that's how he found out.
All-Star: Jason Spezza
All-Star: Shea Weber

Event: Tim Hortons NHL Elimination Shootout

Rookie: Carl Hagelin
All-Star: Steven Stamkos
All-Star: John Tavares
All-Star: Jason Spezza
All-Star: Claude Giroux
All-Star: Daniel Alfredsson
All-Star: James Neal
All-Star: Milan Michalek
All-Star: Jason Pominville
All-Star: Kris Letang
All-Star: Erik Karlsson
All-Star: Daniel Sedin
Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist - Won the 2006 Gold Medal at the Torino Winter Olympics as a part of Team Sweden alongside Team Alfredsson teammates Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin & Daniel Alfredsson.
Goalie: Brian Elliott
Goalie: Jonathan Quick

POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:55 AM ET
Fortunately for the NHL, the Rideau Canal was open on Thursday for the activites they had planned.

This should be me!
But today, the canal is not open. It was posted on their website that once ice conditions are safe, the canal will reopen.

Personally, I am here to skate on the canal, and the All-Star Weekend just happens to also be going on at the same time. That of course is not true, but skating on the canal is an important part of what is to be accomplished in Ottawa, outside of getting coverage up on the site.

Do you tweeting and skating on thin ice is a safety hazard? If you hear about a woman from Long Island falling through the ice, well, I think you will know what happened.

Coverage will begin from Scotiabank Place hopefully at about 4 p.m. We will get as much of JT as we can as well as getting good stuff to post about the All-Star experience.

POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 9:38 AM ET
At last year's All-Star Game in Raleigh, we met Pat Bedell, a huge Islanders fan who showed his support for Michael Grabner at the All-Star Skills Competition. He was even at the red carpet event.

Once again, Bedell is supporting his team. He did a nice job on this blog post chronicling his first day up in Ottawa.

Great job, Pat!
POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 9:45 PM ET
Zdeno Chara (C), D, Boston
Joffrey Lupul (A), RW, Toronto

Daniel Alfredsson* (C), RW, Ottawa
Henrik Lundqvist (A), G, NY Rangers

Draft Selections (order determined by puck flip):


Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson*, D, Ottawa


Team Chara: Tim Thomas*, G, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza*, C, Ottawa


Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles


Team Chara: Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia


Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang^, D, Pittsburgh


Team Chara: Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay


Team Chara:Carey Price, G, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis


Team Chara: Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, D, Nashville


Team Chara: Ryan Suter, D, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver


Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, D, NY Rangers


Team Chara: Brian Campbell, D, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, D, Phoenix


Team Chara: Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago 
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek*, LW, Ottawa 


Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf*, D, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver 


Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary 
Team Alfredsson: James Neal^, LW, Pittsburgh 


Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, D, Washington 
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver 


Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, RW, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, C, NY Islanders


Team Chara: Jordan Eberle^, RW, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell^, LW, Philadelphia


Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, C, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, RW, Buffalo


Team Chara: Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, C, San Jose

Team Chara rookies
Luke Adam, C, Buffalo
Raphael Diaz^, D, Montreal
Colin Greening, LW, Ottawa
Cody Hodgson, C, Vancouver
Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado

Team Alfredsson rookies
Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina
Carl Hagelin^, LW, NY Rangers
Nick Johnson^, RW, Minnesota
Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia
Craig Smith, C, Nashville

POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 5:53 PM ET has posted the complete TV coverage for this weekends events in Ottawa. Use this as your guide to watch John Tavares!

Hockey fans won't have to move far from their television to catch all the happenings during All-Star Weekend in Ottawa.

A four-day hockey extravaganza starts Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with NHL Live: At the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend. The hour show will feature a number of this year's All-Stars as well as other key personalities from around the hockey world.

At 6 p.m., just before he chooses his All-Star teammates, Daniel Alfredsson will visit the NHL Network set to appear on the NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.

That leads into the NHL Network's hour-long 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft preview show at 7 p.m., where the Network's cast of analysts will make their selections before Team Chara and Team Alfredsson make the official ones.

At 8 p.m., the players will be front and center for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Daniel Alfredsson and his assistant, Henrik Lundqvist, will put their selection skills to the test against Zdeno Chara and his assistant, Joffrey Lupul. Who will be the first player picked? Who will be the last? Will teammates be separated? Will brothers? Watch the drama unfold on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN in Canada.

The NHL Network will have blanket coverage of NHL All-Star Media Day on Friday, as all the stars and coaches talk about what it means to be among the best in the game. Fans can tune in for live coverage from 3-6 p.m. ET. NHL Tonight will have recaps of all the day's events at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturday will see the stars showcase their skills at the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition (7 p.m. ET, NBCSP, CBC). Can Zdeno Chara win another title in the BlackBerry NHL Hardest Shot competition, or will Nashville Shea Weber tear through another net, like he did at the Olympics? Who will show off their pinpoint accuracy in the Canadian Tire NHL Accuracy Shooting contest? And who will bring down the house with the most creative move in the Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge?

The NHL Network's pre-game show will start at 4 p.m., and NHL Tonight will wrap up the event with hIghlights and analysis after the event.

On Sunday, the stars will light up Ottawa when they take the ice for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game (4 p.m., NBCSP, CBC). The NHL Network's pregame show starts at 1 p.m. Immediately following the game, NHL Tonight will have a recap of the game and analyze all the happenings from the NHL's mid-season extravaganza.

NHL Network broadcast coverage in Ottawa is as follows (all times Eastern):

Thursday, January 26
5-7 p.m.           Cisco NHL Live at NHL All-Star Weekend featuring NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman during the second hour live from Scotiabank Fan Fair™
7-8 p.m.           2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Pre-Show
9:30-11 p.m.    NHL Tonight (2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Edition)
Midnight           2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air)

Friday, January 27
3-6 p.m.           NHL All-Star Media Day Presented By Allstate Insurance
6-7 p.m.           NHL Tonight (NHL All-Star Media Day Recap)
7-8:30 p.m.      2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air)
8:30-10 p.m.    2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air)

Saturday, January 28
4-7 p.m.            2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition Pre-Show
9-10 p.m.          NHL Tonight (2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition Recap)
11p.m. – 1a.m.  2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition (re-air in U.S. only)

Sunday, January 29
10a.m.-12p.m.  2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition  (re-air in U.S. only)
1-4 p.m.            2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game Pre-Game Show
7-8 p.m.            NHL Tonight (2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game Edition)
11p.m.-1a.m.    2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game  (re-air in U.S. only)

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Author: Adam Kimelman | Deputy Managing Editor
POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 11:59 AM ET
Everyone in Islanders Country is excited about John Tavares' selection to his first NHL All-Star Game.

We will be in Ottawa this weekend with John as he experiences the media frenzy and all of the All-Star treatment the NHL has to offer.

The fesitvites begin tonight with the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft. The fun gets under way at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and we will be live blogging and tweeting (@NYIslanders) throughout. Join us for the live blog at 8 p.m. here.

Check our Facebook page and weigh in on which captain, Zdeno Chara or Daniel Alfredsson, will select JT.

We look forward to sharing the stories from this great event, and look forward to hearing yours. Email us at if you are there and want to tell your story or if you have a story from a previous All-Star Game. Feel free to tweet us and use the hashtags #isles and #islesallstar.





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K. Okposo 79 22 42 -4 64
F. Nielsen 81 20 32 1 52
B. Nelson 81 26 14 -3 40
N. Leddy 81 5 35 -9 40
A. Lee 80 15 21 -2 36
J. Bailey 81 12 20 -7 32
C. Cizikas 80 8 21 4 29
R. Strome 71 8 20 -9 28
M. Grabovski 58 9 16 3 25
T. Greiss 23 11 4 .925 2.36
J. Halak 18 13 4 .919 2.30
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