With the NHL all-star vote set to close on New Year’s Day, it looks like the fans will select almost exclusively Chicago Blackhawks players.
Corey Crawford is all-but a lock to be the goaltender chosen by the fans as he has a commanding 955,385 to 566,149 vote lead over Montreal’s Carey Price. Jaroslav Halak is the only other netminder to breach the 500,000 or even 400,000-vote mark (526,096).
The two defensemen that will likely end up being voted in are the Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith (1,044,124) and Brent Seabrook (875,686). Once again it’s a Montreal player that leads those shy of the cutoff. In this case it’s P.K. Subban (667,427). The only other blueliner with at least a half million votes is Boston’s Zdeno Chara (528,106).
Fans can also vote in three forwards and it looks like two of them will be Chicago’s Patrick Kane (1,075,304) and Jonathan Toews (1,061,691). Sidney Crosby (704,792) is in fourth place, narrowly beating yet another Blackhawks player in Patrick Sharp (644,313).
So unless something changes in the next couple of days, the only non-Chicago player that the fans select will be Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who leads the league with 1,466,077 votes. If you haven’t been following the all-star voting until now, then the fact that Girgensons, who has 20 points in 37 contests, is leading the pack might surprise you. However, he’s been cruising towards victory for a while now thanks to support from his native Latvia.
You can see the full vote count through six weeks at NHL.com.