Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov make NHL All-Star team
The Lightning will have two first-time All-Stars this season, with defenseman Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov named to the Atlantic Division team Tuesday.
Hedman, 26, one of the league's top defensemen, ranks second on the Lightning in points with 37, a team-high 30 assists. The 6-foot-6 Swede has carried a large load this season, averaging more than 24 minutes per game (two higher than career average).
Kucherov, 23, leads the Lightning in goals (16) and points (39). He was among the league leaders in both categories until a lower body injury sidelined him in December. He's in the first year of a three-year deal signed right before the season.
The All-Star Game will be held Jan. 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game Rosters
Atlantic Division Central Division
F Nikita Kucherov (TBL) F Patrick Kane (CHI)
F Brad Marchand (BOS) F Patrik Laine (WPG)
F Auston Matthews (TOR) F Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
F Frans Nielsen (DET) F Tyler Seguin (DAL)
F Kyle Okposo (BUF) F Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
F Vincent Trocheck (FLA) F Jonathan Toews (CHI)
D Victor Hedman (TBL) D Duncan Keith (CHI)
D Erik Karlsson (OTT) D P.K. Subban (NSH)*
D Shea Weber (MTL) D Ryan Suter (MIN)
G Carey Price (MTL)* G Corey Crawford (CHI)
G Tuukka Rask (BOS) G Devan Dubnyk (MIN)
Metropolitan Division Pacific Division
F Sidney Crosby (PIT)* F Jeff Carter (LAK)
F Taylor Hall (NJD) F Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
F Evgeni Malkin (PIT) F Bo Horvat (VAN)
F Alex Ovechkin (WSH) F Ryan Kesler (ANA)
F Wayne Simmonds (PHI) F Connor McDavid (EDM)*
F John Tavares (NYI) F Joe Pavelski (SJS)
D Justin Faulk (CAR) D Brent Burns (SJS)
D Seth Jones (CBJ) D Drew Doughty (LAK)
D Ryan McDonagh (NYR) D Cam Fowler (ANA)
G Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ) G Martin Jones (SJS)
G Braden Holtby (WSH) G Mike Smith (ARI)