For all the reasons we stated back in November -- and a dash of anxiety over Sidney Crosby's(notes) health -- Eric Staal(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes is an NHL All-Star Game captain.
He'll be joined by Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings, which is really a tremendous way to spotlight an unmitigated hockey deity near the end of his career. (Although, the way he's playing, there's a chance he could still be on the Wings' blue line at the end of DiPietro's contract term.)
Now that the captains are chosen, what do you expect Team Staal vs. Team Lidstrom will shape up like? A few considerations: