With the All Star game just two mere days away, the NHL schedule has halted for its five-day break and the attention of the hockey world has turned Raleigh, N.C., home of the Carolina Hurricanes and the host of the 2011 NHL All Star Weekend.
With all the hype that's been surrounding this event for weeks, we're pretty sure we don't need to go into another summary of the occasion. Instead, the focus has turned the All Star Game roster.
With seven originally-selected All Stars dropping out for a variety of reasons, much of the attention has been on the ever-shifting lineup. However, despite the changes, many of the chosen players have been continuing on with their normal routine as star of their team...until now.
With hometown boy Eric Staal and veteran Nick Lidstrom, appointed as the two team captains, drafting the teams Friday night, it's fairly obvious with all the talent available that they'll have some extremely tough decisions to make. However, they may want to pay the most attention to each player's recent performance - do they enter the weekend on a scoring streak, or have they not registered a point in a long while?
They're no doubt that pretty much all of these combatants are great players and current or soon-to-be superstars, but here's a look at a few stars that will be the hottest entering Sunday's showdown.