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All-Star Game: Starting lines, goalie rotations

Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 3:53 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The two most obvious lines for the All-Star Game are going to come to fruition, at least to start the contest in Ottawa this afternoon.

Tyler Seguin will indeed play on a line with Phil Kessel (and Joffrey Lupul) for Team Chara in an interesting combo of players who were traded for one another.

Team Alfredsson meanwhile will drop the puck with a top line of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, the all-Senators look for the fans in Ottawa who might have missed the last Sens home game.

Here are all the lines to start the game with. Guaranteed the lines will be flipped throughout the game, everybody wants to play with everybody else.

Team Chara

Marian Gaborik -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Marian Hossa

Corey Perry -- Evgeni Malkin -- Jarome Iginla

Joffrey Lupul -- Tyler Seguin -- Phil Kessel

Jamie Benn -- Patrick Kane -- Jordan Eberle

On defense, the pairings will start as Zdeno Chara with Brian Campbell, Dion Phaneuf and Dennis Wideman then Ryan Suter and Kimmo Timonen.

The start in goal will go to Jimmy Howard followed by Carey Price and Tim Thomas is going to take the final leg.

Obviously the Lupul-Seguin-Kessel line will be unique to see considering the trade of a few years ago but watch out for Benn-Kane-Eberle as both Kane and Benn were two of the top standouts from last night's Skills competition.

Team Alfredsson

Milan Michalek -- Jason Spezza -- Daniel Alfredsson

Scott Hartnell -- Henrik Sedin -- Daniel Sedin

Logan Couture -- Claude Giroux -- Steven Stamkos

James Neal -- John Tavares -- Jason Pominville

The other Senators player, Erik Karlsson, will be on the first defensive pairing with Kris Letang. Keith Yandle will play alongside Shea Weber and Alex Edler will join Dan Girardi.

Henrik Lundqvist will start the game in net, Jonathan Quick will take the middle stanza and Brian Elliott will close it out.

Hartnell wins the lucky linemate sweepstakes, I think, getting the joy of playing with the Sedins and benefitting from the chemistry those two share. But Alfredsson will surely be playing some with the Sedins, his fellow Swedes. The combination of Giroux, Couture and Stamkos could create some delicious scoring chances as well.

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