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Lightning Round: Nikita Kucherov is an All-Star

You, yes you, can help send some of his teammates down to Sunrise with him

NHL: JAN 29 All-Star Game Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the fourth time in his career Nikita Kucherov is a NHL All-Star. The winger was named to the initial Atlantic Division roster as the Tampa Bay Lightning representative for the game to be held in Sunrise, Florida on February 4th. Kucherov, who is leading the league in assists, made the roster in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 All-Star Games. Now, after a couple of injury-shortened seasons, he’s right back among the league’s elite.

The league announced the initial rosters on Thursday by naming one player from each team.

It is interesting to note that Wysh mentions Steven Stamkos as the original rep for the Lightning. Leaving one of the top-five point producers in the league off of the roster would have been an interesting choice even if it meant that Stamkos, who has hit a host of milestones this season, would have been a worthy choice.

If you’re bummed that Stammer or Brayden Point or Mikhail Sergachev wasn’t chosen don’t despair. You can help send any of those players to the game. All you have to do is vote for them. If you head over to nhl.com/vote you can vote from now until January 17th for three more players (two skaters and a goalie) from each division to join the players already named. You submit up to 10 ballots every 24 hours until the cutoff date.

Does that mean Nick Perbix already has at least 10 votes? Yes, yes it does.

Even if other fanbases outstuff Lightning Nation at the virtual ballot box, there will be players who opt out or are hurt so there is a chance a Tampa Bay player can get named as an injury replacement.

Congratulations to Kucherov and get out there and vote to send some of his teammates down south along with him!

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