The Devils managed to go 8-1-1 into the all star break and secured the right to manage the Eastern All Stars this year with the best winning percentage in the East. Devils management is very pleased with the honor and very happy that the team is full of players that deserved to make it, not just here based on name. The team is a solid mix of young stars and veterans from players like Cam Fowler (NYR) on D to Teemu Selanne (PHI) at RW who will be playing in his 6th all star game, his 4th time representing the Flyers. Fowler makes the jump last year from the YoungStars game to the main event with an amazing season for such a young defenseman and gets to start the game. Joining him on the ice to begin the game will be Panthers franchise center Claude Giroux, Montreal two way force Joe Pavelski (making his first ASG), Penguins top pairing defenseman Kris Letang and the Devils own puck possension wizard Patrick Kane. It will be Kanes 4th All Star Game in his 5 years in the league missing it only in his sophomore season.
So far no word has come out on how the Devils management plan to stack the lines but looking at the roster it's hard to imagine the team rolling out a line that isn't fantastic at every aspect of the game. Carolina has been filthy this year and it would make sense to keep Henrik Sedin and Stamkos together, but playing Stamkos with Crosby (PIT) could produce even more for the fans. Throwing a powerforward like James Neal (BOS) with a couple other big forwards in Malkin (WPG) and Staal (BUF) could be an absolute force on the ice. The combinations even with a set top line are hard to fathom as seemingly every player would compliment another player.
On defense there are a couple heavy offensive minded players in Liles (TAM) and Campbell (WSH) who could combine for a deadly powerplay unit. The last two D to make the team are a couple of Alex's, in the Devils own Alex Edler (making his first ASG) and Alex Pietrangelo (NYI), a bonafide franchise player still on his ELC. The defense could be easily paired up to have one of the steady two-way Alex's lace up with one of the offensive D for each pairing. It is an All Star Game and goals are always encouraged but winning is still a priority as well.
Starting in net will be Carey Price (NYR) who is having a filthy season with 5 shutouts on the year and a 22-9 record. The backup is arguably just as good but on a weaker team, as Henrik Lundqvist (OTT) comes into the game with a 15-23 record but every team must have at least one participant. Ryan Miller misses out as his numbers are comparable to Price to this rule, but Mike Smith (MTL) or Kari Lehtonen (BUF) or Martin Brodeur (CAR) also deserved credit for solid seasons so far.