Patrick Kane to be lone Blackhawk at 2018 NHL All-Star game

Patrick Kane to be lone Blackhawk at 2018 NHL All-Star game

Patrick Kane to be lone Blackhawk at 2018 NHL All-Star game

So there's no point in getting worked up that Hanifin was picked over more deserving defensemen like Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, or that the current 3-on-3 format built around divisions means the National Hockey League annually takes four seconds to check whichever Hurricanes defenseman leads the team in scoring. Green was the only Detroit Red Wings player selected. Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon have missed time due to injury; Staal has been on the ice for every game this season, keeping the team afloat while others get healthy.

In Tampa, Green will reunite with two of his former close friends in Washington, Braden Holtby and fellow former Caps Young Gun Alex Ovechkin.

And a trio of their best players are headed to the NHL All-Star Game.

Staal leads the team with 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) and has helped hold things together through a mediocre first half of the season.

The 63 NHL All-Star Game takes place Sunday, January 28th in Tampa.

North Chelmsford native Jack Eichel, a third-year standout for the Buffalo Sabres, made his first All-Star team. The selections mark the first career All-Star appearance for both Pietrangelo and Schenn, who have each played a significant role for St. Louis thus far this season.

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