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Chara, Savard and Kessel expected to be named All-Stars

The NHL [1] Eastern Conference All-Stars will be announced at noon-time today, and it’s expected that Bruins players Marc Savard [2], Zdeno Chara [3] and Phil Kessel [4] will be named reserves for the Jan. 25 NHL [5] All-Star game at the Bell Centre [6] in Montreal. In addition, Blake Wheeler [7], Milan Lucic [8], David Krejci [9] 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 [10] 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 [11] 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.