It's the Montreal Penguins vs. the Chicago Ducks!

Zach EvansContributor IJanuary 8, 2009

I'm sure we are all aware of the NHL All-Star game starting line-ups by now.  But if you've been away for a few days, let me update you on this grand situation. For the Eastern Conference,  the starters are Sidney Crosby at center with Evgeni Malkin and Alexi Kovalev on wings. Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek will man the blue line while Carey Price will be in net. Ladies and gentlemen, give a big round of applause to the Eastern Conference All-Stars: the Montreal Penguins!

Now for the Western Conference.  We have centers Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, and Patrick Kane on the wing. The starting defensemen will be Brian Campbell and Scott Niedermayer, and J.S Giguere gets the start in goal! Ladies and gentlemen, the Western Conference All-Stars: the Chicago Ducks!

Now that we got the humor section of this done with, it's time to get down to business. Guys, I have huge problems with the whole All-Star business first and foremost about the way it's done. The NHL needs to adopt the voting system that NFL does, so that the best players are truly represented. The fans just vote over and over again for their players (like the Canadians) and they take the spot of the true players who deserve to be there.

If anybody believes that Alex Ovechkin should NOT be in the All-Star game, please stand up. Well since everyone is still seated we can move forward. It's absolutely mind-blowing that The Great Eight is not on the starting line. This is the 2007-2008 NHL MVP and the first player to ever win four major awards!

He's tearing up the league this season (27-26-53) and if you can believe it, he's pace to break his points and goals totals from last year! Absolutely unbelievable that he's not starting.

I ask you, the fellow faithful, if the the All-Star voting should be changed. I believe they should adopt the style of the NFL voting for the Pro-Bowl and we'd have a much better and accurate starting line-up for future games. What about you?