NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Local stars will take center stage later this month when the NHL All-Star Game is played in San Jose.
The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal and reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall of the Devils were named to the Metropolitan Division squad on Wednesday.
Lundqvist will be making his fifth appearance. The 36-year-old goaltender’s 2.94 goals-against average and .911 save percentage are far below his career averages, but he has mostly kept the rebuilding Rangers (17-15-7) in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Set to make his first All-Star game appearance, Barzal has handled the transition to top-line center well for the surprising Islanders (21-13-4), who enter play Thursday five points out of first place in the Metro and one point out of the final playoff spot in the conference. The 21-year-old, who has 36 points in 38 games this season, has nine points, including six goals, in his last five games.
Now a three-time All-Star, Hall has 37 points in 33 games, but is currently sidelined due to a lower-body injury. If the Devils (15-7-7) are to make the playoffs for the second straight season, they are going to need serious production from Hall in the second half.
Four more players will make the All-Star game, thanks to the NHL’s “Last Man” ballot. Fans can vote to send one in each of the four divisions. In the Metro, you can vote for Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, Islanders captain Anders Lee or the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri.
To learn more on how you can vote, please click here.