Yes, surely the best team in all of hockey, the Ottawa Senators, will be at the Garden tomorrow.
The best team in hockey has four of the six players voted onto the all-star roster, for the Jan. 29 all-star game in Ottawa (well, actually in Kanata, Ontario, about 40 traffic-jammed minutes outside of Canada’s capital city).
The remaining all-stars — those not swept in by ballot-box stuffing — have been chosen by NHL executives and will be announced tomorrow, before the team with the most all-stars plays the team with the best record in the league.
Just a thought: With the new format — two captains choosing up sides on all-star Friday — Ottawa’s home-standing captain Daniel Alfredsson will almost surely be picked to be one of the captains doing the choosing. And Alfie was concussed and knocked out of a game against the Rangers earlier this year, by a Wojtek Wolski hit. Wonder if Alfredsson will hold grudges when making his picks.
And as we mentioned yesterday, Boston’s Claude Julien and his staff will coach one of the two teams, as defending Stanley Cup champs. The other team will be coached by the two coaches with the best teams in each conference — John Tortorella and Todd McLellan of the Sharks. Wonder if they’ll talk about Jumbo Shrimp Thornton, and how soft the Rangers are.
Still got our all-star themed poll up and running over there ——–>