NHL All-Star Game
4 p.m. Sunday • Columbus, Ohio TV: NBCSN
Teams: All-Stars were put into a pool and divided in a draft between team captains Nick Foligno of Columbus and Jonathan Toews of Chicago (complete rosters are on C15).
Team Foligno: Foligno won the "puck flip" and made teammate Ryan Johansen the first overall selection. The team will be coached by the Los Angeles Kings' Darryl Sutter.
Team Toews: Includes the league's top two scorers, Jakub Voracek of Philadelphia and Tyler Seguin of Dallas. The team will be coached by the Nashville Predators' Peter Laviolette.
Notable absences: Some of the league's top players will miss the game while mending injuries: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin; goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pekka Rinne of Nashville; and Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson of Bloomington.
Local ties: Four of the nine U.S.-born All-Stars who will play have Minnesota connections, including Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. Toronto right winger Phil Kessel played for the Gophers, Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is from Minneapolis, and Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk is from South St. Paul.
Never too young: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is an All-Star at age 18. He was the first pick in the entry draft last June.
Better late than never: A lockout prevented Columbus from hosting in 2013.