The full rosters for this year’s NHL All-Star Weekend are beginning to trickle out, and the Caps will once again have two representatives on the Metro squad, with John Carlson and Braden Holtby earning spots:
Leads all defenseman in points and assists. Tied for second in goals.— Washington ☃️ Capitals (@Capitals) December 30, 2019
Third in the league in wins. Tied for second most All-Star appearances in franchise history.
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This will be the second consecutive year in which Carlson and Holtby will attend the game together; Carlson made his All-Star debut last year (and killed it), while Holtby will be making his fifth-straight appearance, tying him with Rod Langway and Peter Bondra for the second-most selections in franchise history.
They will also once again be without their captain - and the Metro team captain - as Alex Ovechkin was voted in but will sit out the game.
More from the team:
Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby have been selected to participate in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, the NHL announced today. The game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday, January 25.
This marks Carlson’s second straight selection to the NHL All-Star Game. He becomes the seventh defenseman in franchise history to receive multiple All-Star Game selections. This season, the Natick, Massachusetts, native ranks first among defensemen in points (50) and assists (37), tied for second in goals (13) and ranks fourth among all players in assists, trailing only Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (41) and Leon Draisaitl (39) and Boston’s Brad Marchand (38). [...]
Holtby will be making his fifth straight All-Star Game appearance. Holtby’s five All-Star Game selections is tied for the second most in franchise history (Alex Ovechkin: 11; Peter Bondra and Rod Langway: 5) and the most by a Capitals’ goaltender.
Holtby has posted a record of 17-6-4 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 28 games for the Capitals this season. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native is tied for third in the NHL in wins (17). Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his 28 games this season, with the Capitals posting a record of 11-0-1 in those games.