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Your Western Conferenc All-Star Team at NHL.com...

Both Osgood and Legace made it…

Update: Complete list of names below.

  NEW YORK (January 10, 2008)—Centers Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche—three of the NHL’s brightest young stars all under the age of 23—headline the 16 players named today to the Western Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio).

  Getzlaf, 22, leads the Ducks in scoring with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 44 games and has posted a team-best +20 rating. Kopitar, 20, is the Kings’ leading scorer with 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 44 games, while Stastny, 22, paces the Avalanche with 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 43 contests. Each will be making his All-Star Game debut.

  Four other players added to the Western Conference roster will be making their first All-Star Game appearance: goaltender Manny Legace of the St. Louis Blues, defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and forwards Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.

  Joining Legace in the Western Conference net is goaltender Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings, who will be making his second career All-Star appearance and first since 1996. Osgood has posted a 19-2-1 record, leads all goaltenders with a 1.68 goals-against average and ranks second in save percentage at .932.

  Rounding out the goaltending corps is Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks, selected to his second career All-Star Game. Nabokov, the only NHL goaltender to have appeared in each of his club’s games this season, leads the NHL in victories (23-12-6) and ranks fourth in goals-against average (2.01) and shutouts (five) in 41 appearances.

  Others named to the Western Conference roster are defenseman Ed Jovanovski of the Phoenix Coyotes, Chris Pronger of the Ducks and Sergei Zubov of the Dallas Stars; and forwards Jason Arnott of the Nashville Predators, Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild, Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Sharks’ Joe Thornton.

  The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.

  The players selected today join five players voted by fans to the starting lineup: forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings, and forward Jarome Iginla and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames. Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, also voted to the starting lineup in fan balloting, will not play.

  The head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars will be the Red Wings’ Mike Babcock, making his first career All-Star Game coaching appearance. Babcock’s assistant is Sharks head coach Ron Wilson.

  The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio’s NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.

(statistics through games of Jan. 9, 2008)

  2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
GOALTENDERS   GP   W   L   OT   GAA   Appearance
Manny Legace, St. Louis Blues   30   16   10   2   2.06   1st
Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks   41   23   12   6   2.01   2nd
Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings   23   19   2   1   1.68   2nd

  2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
DEFENSEMEN   GP   G   A   Pts   Appearance
* Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings   44   4   36   40   10th
* Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames   44   6   23   29   2nd
Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes   40   3   22   25   5th
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks   43   5   12   17   1st
Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks   46   9   23   32   5th
Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars   43   4   31   35   4th

  2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
FORWARDS   GP   G   A   Pts   Appearance
* Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings   39   26   28   54   ** 2nd
* Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings   44   17   36   53   2nd
* Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames   44   32   28   60   4th
Jason Arnott, Nashville Predators   41   15   21   36   2nd
Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild   37   21   19   40   2nd
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks   44   17   31   48   1st
Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton Oilers   44   18   21   39   1st
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings   44   17   23   40   1st
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets   41   22   15   37   3rd
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks   42   7   35   42   1st
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche   43   15   29   44   1st
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks   41   13   33   46   5th

* voted by fans to the Western Conference All-Star Team’s starting lineup
** includes selection to 2007 All-Star Game (did not play)

Selected to starting lineup in fan balloting (will not play):
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks

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