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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
All-Star voting: Why is Reimer leading?

By Pierre LeBrun

Here's a look at the latest fan voting for the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa (* -- denotes write-in candidate):

Goalies

The bizarro world of NHL All-Star fan balloting brought us more madness Tuesday, when the updated poll revealed that James Reimer was still leading all netminders with 308,025 votes.

That would the same Reimer who sports a 2.96 goals-against average and .896 save percentage -- numbers that don’t rank him among the top 30 starters in the league as of Tuesday morning.

Hey, it’s not his fault; he’s a good kid. But Maple Leafs fans obviously have fallen on their heads with this voting thing. And the game isn’t even in Toronto!

Reigning Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas of Boston remained second in votes with 295,815, followed by Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh at 290,840. Carey Price (172,920) of Montreal and Pekka Rinne (131,808) of Nashville rounded out the top five.

1. James Reimer 308,025
2. Tim Thomas 295,815
3. Marc-Andre Fleury 290,840
4. Carey Price 172,920
5. Pekka Rinne 131,808
6. Henrik Lundqvist 128,759
7. Ilya Bryzgalov 123,945
8. * Jimmy Howard 118,405
9. Nikolai Khabibulin 115,636
10. Roberto Luongo 91,314
11. Jonathan Quick 90,160
12. * Corey Crawford 73,685
13. Kari Lehtonen 69,053
14. Ryan Miller 68,857
15. Martin Brodeur 57,218

Defense

Erik Karlsson of All-Star host Ottawa continues to lead all blueliners with 421,343 votes ahead of Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, who remained second with 395,082 votes.

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang was third with 335,142 votes, followed by the great Nicklas Lidstrom in fourth place with 304,977.

Somehow, Norris Trophy runner-up Shea Weber was only ninth with 173,898 votes.

1.Erik Karlsson 421,343
2. Dion Phaneuf 395,082
3. Kris Letang 335,142
4. Nicklas Lidstrom 304,977
5. Zdeno Chara 289,213
6. John-Michael Liles 254,031
7. Sergei Gonchar 253,387
8. Duncan Keith 194,113
9. Shea Weber 173,898
10. P.K. Subban 162,471
11. Brent Seabrook 152,953
12. Chris Pronger 145,240
13. Kimmo Timonen 139,979
14. Niklas Kronwall 130,674
15. Alexander Edler 111,588
16. Dustin Byfuglien 89,872
17. Drew Doughty 87,043
18. Dan Boyle 85,391
19. Brent Burns 74,121
20. Sheldon Souray 68,944

Forwards

Phil Kessel was able to hold off Sidney Crosby again. The Toronto Maple Leafs winger still leads the All-Star votes among forwards with 464,714 votes.

Crosby, sidelined with concussion-related symptoms, was second for another week with 404,429 votes.

Not getting nearly enough traction was NHL leading scorer Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers. Giroux, now sidelined with a concussion, was seventh with 251,064. Similarly, early-season Hart Trophy candidate Jonathan Toews was eighth with 215,886 votes.

1. Phil Kessel 464,714
2. Sidney Crosby 404,429
3. Daniel Alfredsson 384,050
4. Jason Spezza 342,184
5. Joffrey Lupul 326,939
6. Milan Michalek 314,851
7. Claude Giroux 251,064
8. Jonathan Toews 215,886
9. Pavel Datsyuk 203,365
10.Evgeni Malkin 195,070
11.Jaromir Jagr 186,808
12. Patrick Kane 169,815
13. James Neal 156,759
14. Henrik Zetterberg 134,140
15. Marian Hossa 133,665
16. Alex Ovechkin 128,315
17. Daniel Sedin 116,347
18. Jordan Staal 113,558
19. Steven Stamkos 112,762
20. Danny Briere 108,795
21. Henrik Sedin 102,315
22. Patrick Sharp 100,518
23. Ryan Kesler 97,517
24. * Tyler Seguin 94,365
25. Patrice Bergeron 90,482
26. Jordan Eberle 89,392
27. Marian Gaborik 88,725
28. Thomas Vanek 82,130
29. Milan Lucic 79,769
30. Anze Kopitar