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All-Star Weekend starts Friday

Draft set for Friday (8p), SuperSkills on Sat. (7p), All-Star Game on Sun. (4p)

Thursday, 01.27.2011 / 12:14 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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All-Star Weekend starts Friday
Patrik Elias
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To understand what makes Patrik Elias so effective, you need only ask his linemates.

Centering a trio with Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus, Elias has been a major catalyst for the Devils’ recent 6-1-1 surge.

New Jersey suffered just its first regulation loss of the second half with Wednesday’s 3-1 setback at Detroit.

Rolston had the Devils’ lone goal to extend his points streak to five games (3 goals, 4 assists). He has credited Elias with helping him get on track offensively.

“It’s fun to play with him,” Rolston said. “Patrik’s a guy that makes his linemates better, plain and simple. Last year when I played with him, I was really productive.”

Elias, the Devils’ leading scorer, will be their lone representative at the upcoming All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, N.C. Through 48 games, he tops all Devils with 37 points, 24 assists and seven power-play goals. His 13 tallies are second only to Ilya Kovalchuk (14).

Wins haven’t always been easy to come by for the Devils (16-30-3) this season, but Elias is most deserving of this All-Star trip, the third of his career. He previously represented the Devils in 2000 at Toronto and 2002 at Los Angeles, collecting three assists.

He’s a smart guy that almost every possession tries to make a play, tries to make something. - Dainius Zubrus on Elias
“There’s not many players as good as him that I’ve seen in my career, how he makes other guys on his line better, and just thinks the game really well,” Rolston said. “He’s got the skills to do it, and there’s not many that are as good as him.”

Zubrus has also benefitted from Elias’ skillful playmaking this season.

“He’s a smart guy that almost every possession tries to make a play, tries to make something,” said the big Lithuanian. “When it’s not there, he simplifies it.”

The weekend’s festivities start Friday at 8 p.m. ET with the first-ever NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Powered by Cisco. A coin toss will decide the first pick, and team captains Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit and Eric Staal of Carolina will alternately draft the 36 remaining All-Stars through 18 rounds. Lidstrom and Staal each will be joined for the draft by two alternate captains.

The Honda NHL Superskills returns Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. All-Stars will compete in six events, including the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting and XM NHL Hardest Shot.

The puck drops on the 2011 NHL All-Star Game Presented by Discover on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. All of the All-Star events will be televised live on VERSUS.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47