Found January 26, 2012 on Puck Daddy:
One of the more frequent criticisms lobbied against the NHL All-Star game is that there isn't much defense. Well, duh. First of all, a low-scoring game would be a letdown, especially considering the names involved. Second, very few of the players selected earn their spot due to their defensive acumen. Sure, there are outliers like Dan Girardi, but the game is about the league's offensive superstars, the guys relied on to score and deployed with that outcome in mind. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, for instance, are two of the league's best scorers, but that's effectively all they're counted on to do: they start a staggering 79% of their shifts in the offensive zone. To put that in perspective, only two other players in the entire NHL are above 70% when it comes to O-Zone starts: Marc-Andre Bergeron and linemate Alex Burrows. This isn't to say they're poor defenders. After all, it's difficult t score while the Sedins are cycling the puck in the corner for a ...
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