"Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you."
Yes, he 2020 NHL All-Star break is officially upon us. While the majority of players, coaches and staff are headed for warmer climates and exotic locations this week, a select group will descend on St. Louis and the Blues' home, the Enterprise Center, for the annual showcase of the NHL's top stars.
Friday marks the All-Star Skills Competition — and the debut of Shooting Stars and the Elite Women's 3-on-3 — with the All-Star Game wrapping up the festivities on Saturday night. Therefore, this week it's all about the stars.
Here's a look at the latest power rankings.
NHL power rankings
1. St. Louis Blues, 68 points (30-11-8)
One of the top teams in the NHL, the Blues' four stars — Ryan O'Reilly, David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo and Jordan Binnington — along with head coach Craig Berube, will be front and center this weekend.
2. Washington Capitals, 71 points (33-11-5)
Last ranking: 6
Alex Ovechkin will miss All-Star Weekend again, but the Caps have netminder Braden Holtby and Norris Trophy contender John Carlson looking to repeat as All-Star Game champs.
3. Boston Bruins, 68 points (28-10-12)
Last ranking: 1
Boston's lone player at All-Star Weekend, David Pastrnak, is also the NHL's top goal scorer with 37 goals. Head coach Bruce Cassidy is running the Atlantic Division bench and you know he'll be saying one thing consistently:
Here come the hats.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 10, 2020
Goal No. 35.
4-4 game. pic.twitter.com/qe6wNDQv3Y
4. Colorado Avalanche, 62 points (28-15-6)
Last ranking: 10
Nathan MacKinnon has 72 points in 49 games — seven points in the last five games — and is on pace for a monster year.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins, 67 points (31-13-5)
Last ranking: 3
Sidney Crosby won't be going for back-to-back All-Star Game MVP Awards — sad emoji.
6. Tampa Bay Lightning, 62 points (29-15-4)
Last ranking: 4
Since Dec. 3, Andrei Vasilevskiy is 15-2-1 with a .928 save percentage.
7. Columbus Blue Jackets, 60 points (26-16-8)
Last ranking: 13
If balloting was done today, goaltender Elvis (Merzlikins) would be in the building.
8. New York Islanders, 61 points (28-15-5)
Last ranking: 7
Mathew Barzal has 40 points in 48 games.
9. Vancouver Canucks, 58 points (27-18-4)
Last ranking: 8
Quinn Hughes for the Calder? The American defenseman is officially in the mix. This weekend, he'll be flanked by teammates Elias Pettersson — who will surely show off his silky mitts — and goalie Jacob Markstrom who is having a career year and is a strong candidate for best quote of the weekend.
10. Dallas Stars, 58 points (27-17-4)
Last ranking: 11
Tyler Seguin is on pace for his lowest point production (62) in a season outside of his rookie year and the lockout-shortened season.
11. Carolina Hurricanes, 59 points (28-18-3)
Last ranking: 12
Let's be honest, Jaccob Slavin should have been named an All-Star even before he replaced Dougie Hamilton.
12. Calgary Flames, 57 points (26-19-5)
Last ranking: 5
"Big Save Dave" will formally be introduced to everyone outside of Alberta; however, to be fair here: all eyes will be on Matthew Tkachuk vs. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
13. Edmonton Oilers, 57 points (26-18-5)
Last ranking: 18
See above . . . and below.
Draisaitl on the 3-on-3 possibility of Tkachuk being with he and McDavid at the all-star game. When I asked the question, I tweeted his response as "I'd get off the ice." Exact quote was "I'd probably get off the ice."— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 13, 2020
14. Florida Panthers, 59 points (27-16-5)
Last ranking: 16
Jonathan Huberdeau is one of the best-kept secrets in the NHL (64 points in 48 games).
15. Toronto Maple Leafs, 57 points (25-17-7)
Last ranking: 9
Expecting this weekend to be the Auston Matthews—Mitchell Marner—Frederik Andersen show.
16. Philadelphia Flyers, 58 points (26-17-6)
Last ranking: 17
The Twittersphere has spoken and thinks Travis Konecny should be mic'd up.
17. Arizona Coyotes, 57 points (26-20-5)
Last ranking: 14
Stick taps to head coach Rick Tocchet who most likely canceled relaxing vacation plans to take the reins of the Pacific Division team following Gerard Gallant's firing.
18. Vegas Golden Knights, 57 points (25-19-7)
Last ranking: 15
About that firing — it was surprising, to say the least. Vegas will still have a rep in St. Louis in Max Pacioretty, who is tied for sixth in points (47) by a left winger in the NHL.
19. Winnipeg Jets, 54 points (25-20-4)
Last ranking: 20
If the season ended today, Connor Hellebuyck would get my vote for the Vezina.
20. Nashville Predators, 51 points (22-18-7)
Last ranking: 22
Same for Roman Josi and the Norris.
21. New York Rangers, 50 points (23-20-4)
Last ranking: 19
And Artemi Panarin, Hart Trophy candidate.
22. Buffalo Sabres, 49 points (22-20-7)
Last ranking: 21
Jack Eichel is singlehandedly carrying the Sabres.
23. Montreal Canadiens, 51 points (22-21-7)
Last ranking: 26
Is it too late to make Ilya Kovalchuk an All-Star? He has eight points in eight games with the Canadiens. However, Having captain Shea Weber as the club's representative ain't too shabby either.
24. Chicago Blackhawks, 54 points (24-20-6)
Last ranking: 23
Patrick Kane will be playing in his ninth All-Star Game — the most among all participants. By the way, he is not the oldest player in attendance.
25. Minnesota Wild, 50 points (22-21-6)
Last ranking: 24
At 35, Eric Staal leads the Wild with 36 points.
26. San Jose Sharks, 46 points (21-25-4)
Last ranking: 27
Tomas Hertl has a long-standing line of Sharks All-Stars to live up to in Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Brent Burns' beard and Joe Thornton.
27. New Jersey Devils, 41 points (17-24-7)
Last ranking: 25
The first of many selections for Nico Hischier.
28. Ottawa Senators, 42 points (17-23-8)
Last ranking: 28
Remember when John Tortorella said, “I don’t think [Anthony Duclair] knows how to play,"?
Well, Torts, Duclair is having a breakout year and is an All-Star. Thoughts?
29. Anaheim Ducks, 43 points (19-24-5)
Last ranking: 30
Sorry Ducks fans, you won't have a rep at Alll-Star Weekend this year after Jakob Silfverberg was excused from playing with his wife due to give birth any day.
30. Los Angeles Kings, 41 points (18-27-5)
Last ranking: 29
Anze Kopitar is leading the Kings with 43 points — 16 points more than the three guys tied for second.
31. Detroit Red Wings, 28 points (12-34-4)
Last ranking: 31
Tyler Bertuzzi, go have some fun.