Ovechkin, Green picked for NHL’s All-Star game

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Logic dictates Crosby and Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be picked as captains. If not, they certainly will be prime candidates to be the first two players picked — assuming Crosby recovers in time from the concussion that has forced him to miss three games already. Injuries have limited Crosby to only one All-Star game in his career, in 2007.

Call it the next chapter in the ever-growing rivalry between the stars that has already been on display on the scoring lists, in the playoffs, on HBO and in this year’s Winter Classic.

Washington defenseman Mike Green also will make his first All-Star appearance.

The Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, the host Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, the Rangers, and Tampa Bay Lightning all had two players picked for the game. The Edmonton Oilers were the only club to send two rookies — last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Taylor Hall, will join Jordan Eberle in the skills competition.

Those players will also be chosen in the new All-Star draft. All 30 teams have at least one representative, either in the 42-player main draw or in the rookie pool.

In a stark sign of the times, the New Jersey Devils, who have fallen from the top of the standings a year ago to the bottom, are sending only veteran forward Patrik Elias to Raleigh. No room for slumping goalie Martin Brodeur at this party.

The New York Islanders, who have only the Devils behind them in the standings, will be represented just in the skills competition by Michael Grabner. The same goes for the Buffalo Sabres (Tyler Ennis), Florida Panthers (Evgeny Dadonov) and Phoenix Coyotes (Oliver Ekman-Larsson).

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