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Chicago Blackhawks’ Kane, Toews, Keith, Crawford Named All-Stars

By Colin Likas
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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League-wide thoughts

Let’s break it down by division, shall we?

Atlantic: Nielsen is Detroit’s one pick? Things really have gone south in the Motor City.

It’s cool to see a younger, lesser-known guy like Trocheck get into the game, although he’s fourth on his own team in points. The NHL is pretty bad at making new stars unless they’re already on a star trajectory, so I’m glad to see Trocheck in.

A crazy-good goaltending duo here in Price and Rask.

Metropolitan: Um. Did no one watch the first half of the season? How are there no Columbus or New York Rangers forwards on this roster? There are absolutely zero forwards from a team that had a 16-game win streak and a team with the most prolific offense in the league this season?

No Atkinson? No Brandon Saad? No Kevin Hayes? No Derek Stepan? Sheesh.

Simmonds is a solid player, but I’m surprised he made it over Flyers teammates Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux.

But another really good goaltending duo with Bobrovsky and Holtby.

Central: Get Panarin in there for Toews and substitute Shattenkirk or Josi for Keith. Still a chance one of those latter two gets in if Subban can’t answer the bell due to injury.

That goaltending duo of Crow and Dubnyk is straight fire, though.

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Pacific: Mike Smith is an All-Star in 2017. Excuse me while I laugh-vomit. This goaltending duo of Smith and Jones is going to get its lunch fed to it.

Like with Trocheck, cool to see Horvat make it from the Canucks instead of one of the Sedin twins.

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