High-scoring forward Vladiimir Tarasenko will be the St. Louis Blues’ lone representative at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
It will be the second straight all-star game appearance for the 24-year-old Russian winger, who leads the Blues with 23 goals and 41 points in 40 games. Tarasenko ranks second in the NHL in goals and fifth in points along with six in shots (150), fifth in power-play goals (eight) and 11th with four game-winning goals.
Tarasenko will be part of the Central Division team with Dallas forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, Chicago forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Colorado’s Matt Duchene, Nashville’s Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne, Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk.
The NHL All-Star Skills Competition is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and the NHL All-Star Game is 4 p.m. Jan. 31.
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Tarasenko led the Blues with a career-high 37 goals and 73 points last season. He is the first Blues forward to be selected for back-to-back All-Star games since Pavol Demitra in 1999 and 2000.
The NHL’s new 3-on-3 All-Star Game format includes three 20-minute games between divisional all-star games competing for a winner-take-all $1 million prize. Each division has a team of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.