In the middle of setting a franchise record, Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette is using the season’s remainder to take a big-picture look at getting his team its healthiest for what it thinks will be another long playoff run.
As Nashville won its ninth straight game Tuesday night with a 2-0 blanking of Dallas, it sat captain Roman Josi (upper-body injury) for a third consecutive contest and gave second-line center Kyle Turris what amounted to a maintenance day.
But now All-Star attention turns to the rest of the rosters from which captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry will choose. Though the teams at this year’s All-Star Game will be jumbled by conference, the process for selecting the reserves remains the same — coaches will pick two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two wildcards.
Backcourt: John Wall, Wizards. Wall has not been as good as he was last season, and the Wizards have been frustrating. But they’re still No. 5 in the East, and Wall’s ability to run the offense gives him the nod over teammate Bradley Beal.
Frontcourt: Al Horford, Celtics. Horford’s numbers (13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds) don’t scream for attention, but he also shoots 43.0 percent from the 3-point line and has been underrated in elevating the Celtics’ league-best defense.
I’ll take a hard pass on the Senators. Not a lot of elite-caliber pieces and the one franchise player may or may not want to stick around. Contracts for Marian Gaborik and Craig Anderson almost take them into their 40s at more than $4 million apiece, while the Bobby Ryan deal is going to be costly to unload at some point.
Krug and Jake DeBrusk scored 15 seconds apart in the opening minute of the game. But the Red Wings tied it, getting a power play goal from Frans Nielsen 84 seconds later and a goal from Mike Green about five minutes after that.
Krug made it 3-2 on a power play with about six minutes left in the first, and Marchand gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead with six to play in the second.