Poll: What they’ll be wearing at the 2011 All-Star Game – Do you like the new all-star jerseys?

With the 2011 All-Star Game taking on a new format and going away from the East vs. West or the North America vs. World styles that we’ve seen in the recent past, that means it’s time for some new duds for the guys who were picked for the superstar spectacular in Raleigh. In the past we’ve seen some pretty abysmal jerseys for the respective sides. We’ve had the “throwback” styles that had full-blown collars on them as well as stuff that came in green and purple. It makes you wonder who the ad wizards were that thought that was a good idea.

This year’s jerseys are a bit different in that there’s no real designation or name for the team. The teams will be named after the captains in a rather Twilight-esque manner (think Team Crosby, Team Ovechkin, Team Staal, Team Lidstrom) but the jerseys are going to be rather plain and simple all things considered. With one team wearing white trimmed in red and the other in blue trimmed with white, the new All-Star jerseys are pretty bland compared to what we’ve seen in the past.

Have a look for yourself here:

Stars adorn the jerseys and there’s a funky sort of thing going on with the sleeves that gives us a bit of a creepy Slim Goodbody sort of muscular feel to them. The jerseys will have the All-Star Game logo on one shoulder and the player’s team logo on the other. Players will all be able to keep their own numbers for the game which is a pretty nice thing to do so we can avoid any awkward numbering or negotiating to get your own number.

With this sort of format for the game, however, where teams are picked just a couple days in advance of the game this would’ve been a perfect moment to do something that Major League Baseball does for its All-Star Game: Let players wear their own team uniforms. Think about it, you have one team in white, the other in dark jerseys and you let them run wild. Players on teams with alternate jerseys could showcase them in the game in order to drive up interest in it if they felt like it or you could just wear your traditional stuff and show off who you’re playing for.

Not to mention how it would show off the potential dynamic of having teammates possibly playing against each other. It’d make for better marketing for the players, teams, and league to do this rather than putting them in color-neutral boring all-star jerseys. These jerseys aren’t bad necessarily, they just don’t do anything particularly pleasing for the senses. Then again, I’m a throwback fan and haven’t really cared for the All-Star Game jerseys ever since they took “Campbell” and “Wales” off the front, so perhaps I’m not the best person to market these jerseys towards.

What do you think? Are these jerseys worthy of a thumbs up or thumbs down? Vote in our poll and let us know.

Video: Josh Ho-Sang’s creativity gives Islanders a shot in the arm

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Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?

For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting up John Tavares.

The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.

Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)

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This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)

On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.

William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.

Hnnngmgghh indeed.

That goal could end up being key as the Blue Jackets quickly scored to start the second period, shrinking Toronto’s lead to 2-1 on Wednesday.

Video: Leafs’ Carrick delivers thunderous hit on Blue Jackets’ Anderson

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Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.

So far, it shows, too.

The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.

There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:

Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week

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The St. Louis Blues announced that Paul Stastny is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Stastny was limited to less than four minutes of ice time during last night’s 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Initially, head coach Mike Yeo indicated that the issue wasn’t serious.

There are only about three weeks left in the regular season, so it’s tough to tell if “week-to-week” would mean that the Blues will be without Stastny for any playoff time.

With Stastny out for an expended period of time and other injuries affecting Blues forwards, it sounds like Nail Yakupov gets another chance to prove himself:

Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.