With no football to contend with, the NHL All-Star Game might actually gain some viewers in the U.S. I hope and pray that Versus does the All-Star Game justice and that neither Timonen or Richards gets hurt.
Without further ado...
10 Reasons to Watch: East
1. Andre Markov is on a pace to set personal highs in goals, assists and points for Les Habitants. Will he light it up in Atlanta?
Will Brian Campbell be denied access to the rink because Carrot Top (Carrotop - sp?) is already in the building? Just kidding Sabres fans...
Will Tomas Kaberle's Maple Leaf Mojo have ill effects on Eastern Conference All-Stars or will the firing of JFJ and the return of Fletch lift the curse against the house of Toronto?
Fletch: "Give each other 20 dollars and put it on the Underhill bill."
Waiter: "Ahhh muchas gracias!"
Fletch: "Tierra del fuego.
4. Who will have the most mind numbing goal of the game - Vinny, AO or Kovy? My pick is AO...is playing like a man who just signed a big contract and has something to prove.
5. Will Tim Thomas, Ricky D and Tomas Vokoun play well enough for someone to tell me why in the name of Terry-Freakin-Sawchuck weren't Martin Brodeur (26 wins), Henrick Lundqvist (7 shutouts) and Cristobal Huet (.924 SV% and the guy who won the job in Montreal away from Halak and Price) picked instead??? I happen to like Ricky D, though.
6. Will Evgeni Malkin
steal the show as the late entrant into the East's stable?? It could happen...he has mad skills and might shine as the guy just filling in for Crosby.
7. Who will make the bigger trade bait statement, with little more than a month left until the deadline - Martin St. Louis or Marian Hossa?? Hossa might end up being the MVP of the game.
8. Who will be the more electric youngster -
Eric Staal, Mike Richards or Jason Spezza??
9. Does Atlanta realize how badly they miss Mark Savard??
10. Will the potency of the East's scoring be neutralized by the ridiculously insane defensive prowess of the West?? This could end up being a battle royale.
The West will get posted on Friday...
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