Of all the All-Star Games out there, one of the most irrelevant has to be the NHL mid-season classic.
Some showcase event.
The game of hockey is built on passion, physical play, energy.
The All-Star Game has none of that. It’s no representation of the game.
Most players would rather have the weekend off.
But they wind up going, anyway, and fans love to see their favorites involved in the game.
Wings fans are already nervous about players such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Jimmy Howard or Pavel Datsyuk being snubbed.
Coach Mike Babcock had an interesting take on Lidstrom this morning.
In Babcock’s view, Lidstrom should be a lock.
“Captain of one team,” Babcock said. “That’s automatic.”
Lidstrom was a captain last season but it’s doubtful the league would have him in that role two consecutive seasons.
Howard will be an interesting case to watch. He’s been as good as any goalie out there but was only 5th in the last voting.
Babcock said Tuesday after the morning skate Howard deserves the nod.
“It’s an affirmation,” said Babcock of an All-Star selection.