Howard, Datsyuk Earn ASG Spot

The Detroit Red Wings will send two players to the NHL All Star Game in Ottawa. Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard were both chosen to play, Datsyuk for his turn around season and dynamite skill set and Howard for his amazingly All-Star-like play this season.

When hearing of the exclusion of captain Nicklas Lidstrom, I was outraged. I then heard that he asked Brendan Shanahan not to play, and to be honest, good for him. He knows he should be there, but at 41 years old he isn't getting any younger. A little break will benefit him and in turn the Red Wings. The All Star game isn't really a defenceman's game anyway.

Lidstrom addressed the media before the selections were unveiled, and he hinted that he wasn't playing;

"It's always an honour to be selected and one of the guys going to the All-Star game," he said, before adding, "It would be nice to get the weekend off, kind of re-energize and get back at it after the break."

It will be the first all star game for Howard, who leads the league in wins (24), and is among the leaders in goals against average (2.05) and shutouts (four). His save percentage is a sparkling .924.

Datsyuk will have to start working on some new magic tricks. It is always fun to see him in the breakaway challenge because you expect him to do something brand new and exciting.

Howard deserved the game the most and said he was honoured to be chosen. Hopefully they both have a great time and represent the Red Wings against the best palyers in the league.

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Kyle Busch