NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — They are heading to Nashville.
Islanders center John Tavares, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Devils goalie Cory Schneider were each selected Wednesday to participate in NHL All-Star weekend.
The league is changing things up this year, replacing the traditional All-Star game with a new 3-on-3 tournament featuring teams representing the NHL’s four divisions.
Tavares, who is making his third All-Star appearance, has 15 goals and 29 points in 37 games for the Islanders, who currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division. McDonagh has been a stalwart on the Rangers’ blue line, registering 19 points and a plus-10 rating. Schneider has helped carry the surprising Devils with his 2.07 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
Also among the 40 players selected Wednesday were leading goal-scorer Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and teammate Tyler Seguin, as well as top point-getter Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, who will captain the Central Division squad.
The division-leading Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and host Nashville Predators each have three players expected to go.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and league-leading goaltender Braden Holtby will represent the Capitals on the Metropolitan team.
The Panthers, winners of 10 in a row, will have Atlantic Division captain Jaromir Jagr, defenseman Aaron Ekblad and goaltender Roberto Luongo there.
All 30 teams have at least one representative.
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