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Sens land a high five on 2012 NHL all-star ballot

Chance to play in mid-season classic at Scotiabank Place 'huge honour,' says Spezza

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 4:51 PM ET / 2012 NHL All-Star Game
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Sens land a high five on 2012 NHL all-star ballot

There's staying home for the National Hockey League's all-star break. And then there's this.

Five Ottawa Senators are among 127 players on the ballot for fan voting for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, set for Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place. Among that group are captain Daniel Alfredsson, centre Jason Spezza, winger Milan Michalek and defencemen Erik Karlsson and Sergei Gonchar.

While all but Michalek have previous all-star experience — Karlsson was the Sens' lone representative at the 2010 all-star festivities in Raleigh, N.C. — there is no doubt something extra appealing about getting the chance to do it on home ice.

"It would be a huge honour," said Spezza, who previously played in the 2008 all-star game in Atlanta. "I've love to get the chance to play in front of the home crowd. It would be a special feeling, for sure."

Fan balloting begins Monday online at NHL.com/vote, with the ballot also available on the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. Fans can also text their favourite player's last name to 81812, with the ballot also optimized for iPad users. For the first time, the ballot is being made available online in eight languages — English, French, German, Czech, Finnish, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.

Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position — three forwards, two defenceman and a goaltender — earning spots in the Jan. 29 game.

For the full list of players on the NHL all-star fan ballot, click here.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44