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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.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48