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The NHL released the rosters for the 2019 All-Star Game prior to NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers game on Wednesday Night Hockey. Goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson will represent the Washington Capitals at All-Star Weekend in San Jose, which will take place from January 26-27.
NHL fans voted Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to captain the Metropolitan Division team but the Capitals announced today that Ovechkin will pass on the All-Star festivities later this month to rest for hopefully another long playoff run.
Holtby, 29, is 15-9-2 with a save percentage of .912, a goals-against average of 2.84, and two shutouts in 27 appearances this season. Carlson, who will turn 29 on January 10, is currently tied with Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot for third in scoring among defenseman with 38 points and is sixth in the NHL with a +21 rating.
This will be Holtby’s fourth consecutive All-Star appearance while this will be Carlson’s first.
Last season, Carlson led all NHL defensemen with 68 points and his 15 goals were tied with St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo for eighth in the league among blueliners.
Last season, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz was extremely disappointed that Carlson got snubbed of his first career All-Star appearance.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux, New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall, Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will join Carlson and Holtby as the All-Stars from the Metropolitan Division. Each team needed at least one representative at All-Star Weekend.
The NHL will hold their annual Super Skills competition on the night of Saturday, January 26 and the All-Star Game will be played at 8 PM the next night.
Below are the rest of the rosters:
F Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames (5th All-Star appearance)
F Clayton Keller – Arizona Coyotes (1st All-Star appearance)
F *Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers (3rd All-Star appearance)
F Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks (3rd All-Star appearance)
F Elias Pettersson – Vancouver Canucks (1st All-Star appearance)
D Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks (6th All-Star appearance)
D Erik Karlsson – San Jose Sharks (6th All-Star appearance)
D Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings (5th All-Star appearance)
G Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights (4th All-Star appearance)
G John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks (2nd All-Star appearance)
F Patrick Kane, CHI (8th All-Star appearance)
*F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (3rd All-Star appearance)
F Ryan O’Reilly, STL (2nd All-Star appearance)
F Mikko Rantanen, COL (1st All-Star appearance)
F Mark Scheifele, WPG (1st All-Star appearance)
F Blake Wheeler, WPG (2nd All-Star appearance)
D Miro Heiskanen, DAL (1st All-Star appearance)
D Roman Josi, NSH (2nd All-Star appearance)
G Devan Dubnyk, MIN (3rd All-Star appearance)
G Pekka Rinne, NSH (3rd All-Star appearance)
F Jack Eichel, BUF (2nd All-Star appearance)
F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (3rd All-Star appearance)
F *Auston Matthews, TOR (3rd All-Star appearance)
F David Pastrnak, BOS (1st All-Star appearance)
F Steven Stamkos, TBL (6th All-Star appearance)
F John Tavares, TOR (6th All-Star appearance)
D Thomas Chabot, OTT (1st All-Star appearance)
D Keith Yandle, FLA (3rd All-Star appearance)
G Jimmy Howard, DET (2nd All-Star appearance)
G Carey Price, MTL (7th All-Star appearance)
By Harrison Brown