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Osgood is deserving candidate

Wednesday, 12.5.2007 / 5:27 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89