By Amanda DiPaolo
The Nashville Predators captain, Shea Weber has been named to this year’s NHL All Star Game at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The All-Star weekend is January 29-30. It is the second straight NHL All-Star Game that Weber has been named to.
Weber, who leads the team in points with 24 (seven goals and 17 assists in 41 games), is a plus 4, and is currently on a five-game point with two goals and seven assists. The captain also has 14 points in his last 14 games.
The Predators All-Star defenseman is in the top 20 category for several statistics in the NHL this season. Weber is among the top 20 defensemen in points, is tied for ninth in hits with 107, and ranks second in shots for blue liners with 135. Weber also ranks 10th in average ice time at 24:45.
Weber, along with his defensive partner Ryan Suter, are Nashville’s top defensive pairing on a defense squad that is among the best in the League. The home penalty kill is ranked first in the NHL at 87.9 percent, and are fifth overall with a kill off rate of 85.4 percent.
The format of the All-Star Game has changed this year. There is no longer a game between the stars of the two conferences. Instead, Weber will be a part of a player fantasy draft on January 28th. The draft will be televised on Versus at 7 pm.
The 58th NHL All-Star Game will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30.
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