Preds’ Laviolette to coach in NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25
Head coaches Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Daryl Sutter (Los Angeles Kings) have been tapped to lead this year’s NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.
The Jan. 24-25 showcase of the NHL’s most supremely gifted players — which includes the annual Skills Competition — will take place at Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Under the All-Star selection process, the NHL head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) as of Jan. 10 — the halfway point of the regular season — garners the chances to lead one of the All-Star squads.
The Predators currently boast an NHL-best points percentage of .725 (27-9-4) and are assured of retaining the top spot through Saturday’s slate of games. Laviolette will be accompanied by his regular coaching staff for the All-Star festivities.
Sutter, who has coached the Kings to two Stanley Cup titles since 2012, will direct the other All-Star team and be accompanied by members of his Los Angeles coaching staff.
This will mark Laviolette’s second NHL All-Star appearance (2011). Sutter will be making his All-Star debut behind the bench.