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Osgood is deserving candidate

Wednesday, 12.5.2007 / 5:27 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Osgood is deserving candidate
DETROIT – A trio of Red Wings sit atop the most current voting results that will decide the Western Conference’s starting roster for this season’s All-Star Game.

Unfortunately, the one player who is most deserving of making the All-Star Game isn’t even on this year’s ballot. Goalie Chris Osgood, perhaps the best feel good story in the league this season, has posted 13 wins in 15 decisions. But fans won’t find his name on the ballot.

“In my mind, he is an all-star,” said Henrik Zetterberg, who has received 175,270 votes. “He’s been playing really well for us. That stretch that we had with nine straight wins, a big part of that was him playing so well for us. Everything starts with the goalie and when he’s hot the team kind of plays better.”

Osgood, who turned 35 last month, has been stellar in relieving the Wings’ No. 1 netminder Dominik Hasek, who has battled through a hip injury this season.

Osgood is 13-1-1 and has a league-best 1.79 goal-against average and a conference-best .924 save percentage.

Five Red Wings – defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom (246,144 votes) and Brian Rafalski, forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk (134,661), and goalie Dominik Hasek on this year’s fan ballot. Fans have until January 2 to cast their votes for the starters of the January 27 game in Atlanta.

Lidstrom, who has won the Norris Trophy for five straight seasons as the league’s top defenseman, is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference players. Zetterberg and Datsyuk are second and fourth, respectively. Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf is in third place with 170,477 votes.

While the fans vote for the game’s starters, Osgood still has a very good chance at heading to Atlanta in late January. The league and commissioner Gary Bettman will finalize the Eastern and Western conference rosters.

“Has he played like an all-star?” Wings coach Mike Babcock asked. “Then he’s an all-star. That’s how I look at it, but that’s not how it works. The fans have a huge vote and history and all that type of stuff. I think it happens every year with guys that are having great individual years and sometimes they miss out.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80