The NHL  Eastern Conference All-Stars will be announced at noon-time today, and it’s expected that Bruins players Marc Savard , Zdeno Chara  and Phil Kessel  will be named reserves for the Jan. 25 NHL  All-Star game at the Bell Centre  in Montreal. In addition, Blake Wheeler , Milan Lucic , David Krejci  and Matt Hunwick are all expected to be invited to take place in the brand new Rookies Vs. Sophomores game to take place during the Saturday Skills’ Competition.
In addition, by virtue of the B’s overwhelming record built over the first 40 games this season, Bruins coach Claude Julien  is in line to be the head coach for the Eastern Conference squad during the NHL’s showcase event in Montreal — the site of his first NHL head coaching post.
Lucic took part in the NHL Rookie Game last year while Chara, Savard and goaltender Tim Thomas  were all named to the Eastern Conference squad for last season’s game in Atlanta. It would be the fourth All-Star Game for Chara, the second honor for Savard and the first-time honor for the 21-year-old Kessel, who has developed into a goal-scoring machine this season.