Howard is Red Wings’ only All-Star
The Red Wings have been to Columbus many times but only goaltender Jimmy Howard will be heading there for the All-Star Game.
The NHL released the names of the rest of the All-Stars, following the first six voted in by fans.
Howard will be the only Red Wings representative, making his second All-Star appearance.
Despite being tied for 11th in scoring with 36 points (10 goals), Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg did not make the team.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin did make the All-Star team with 36 points (21 goals).
Although he had not made any plans yet for the break, Zetterberg said it was a positive no matter what happened.
"It’s a plus either way," Zetterberg told reporters in Washington, D.C. "If you get picked it’s a great honor, big experience. And also guys who don’t get picked get a few days off and can regroup and get ready for the late season push."
After Saturday’s morning skate, Wings coach Mike Babcock talked about the possibility of some of his players making the team.
"I’d like them all to be All-Stars, that means they’re great," Babcock told reporters in Washington, D.C. "Being fresh is part of it, too, but I think the energy you get from going to an event like that is good for you as well. I know when you look at the Olympics, a lot of times guys come back and even though they’ve been in a grind, they come back energized if they’ve done well. We’ll see what happens."
A couple of other Wings, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, have had success so far this season but neither was counting on making it.
"Obviously, a lot of guys are going down into the sun and spending a lot of times hopefully with their families down there," Nyquist told reporters in Washington, D.C. "So obviously nice to get a break, too."
Tatar also had plans to head south during the break.
"I love hot weather, so it’s going to be nice to see the sun again, have warm weather and swimsuits, so hopefully everyone will kind of relax and re-energize and come back with full energy and play good," Tatar told reporters in Washington, D.C.