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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin may not be headed to the All-Star Game, but Braden Holtby and John Carlson will be. Both players will represent the Capitals in St. Louis as they were named Metropolitan Division All-Stars on Monday.

For Carlson, the league-leader in points among all defensemen, the selection is no surprise. Holtby, however, was not expecting to get the nod.

“Obviously, a little surprised, but it’s always fun to represent the Caps in any way possible,” Holtby said.

“It’s one of those things I never really put too much thought into it, so I didn’t know when they were announcing it. I don’t know. I never really think about things like that.”

Holtby's numbers do not jump off the stat sheet as "All-Star worthy" with a .904 save percentage and 2.95 GAA. Having said that, he is ranked tied for first in the division and tied for third in the NHL in wins with 17. Joonas Korpisalo is the only other Metropolitan Division goalie with as many wins and he was injured on Sunday and is expected to miss several weeks.

All-Star Weekend is Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. The skills competition will take place on the 24th with the game on the following day.

This will be Holtby's fifth straight all-star appearance. Just how much of an honor it is for goalies, however, is debatable as the format is certainly set up for as much offense as possible. Holtby, however, but was positive about it.

Or he was positive about the game at least.

“The game part is actually not bad," he said. "It’s pretty fun. You try to grind your way through the skills part of it. Especially this year, we have our break before, so it will be six days off into breakaways from the best players in the world. So that should be fun.”

 

"It’s a good experience for the fans, so you try and put on a good show," he added. "It’s more you try and rest as well during it and get through it.”

Joining Holtby will be Carlson who will be making his second all-star appearance.

Carlson ranks ninth in the NHL in points with 50 and leads all defensemen in assists and points. It was his wife's birthday on Monday so he was not available for comment.

"That’s obviously no surprise to anyone," Holtby said of Carlson's selection. "It’s good. It’s fun to share it with him and spend some time with him. He’s obviously having an unbelievable season. So, he’s got some pressure on him now for the hardest shot again.”

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