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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 / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 50 23 9 3 32
A. Henrique 55 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 52 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 38 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 62 4 19 -8 23
T. Zajac 54 9 10 -5 19
S. Bernier 47 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 44 2 16 2 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 6 .926 2.23
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59