By now you have seen the list of players asked to participate in the 2015 NHL All-Star game. And, on that list is Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. What is even better is that Kane was asked to be Captain of the Central Division! That’s great news for our dynamic duo! However, there were two members of the Blackhawks that were left off the list that many are questioning why they were: Corey Crawford and Duncan Keith.

Corey Crawford

Well, well, well, looks like Crawford gets looked over once again. What will it take for Corey Crawford to get the respect he deserves in the NHL? It seems no matter how many Stanley Cups he wins or how many shut outs he gets he always hears that he isn’t a good goalie. You might even say he is the Rodney Dangerfield of the league because he just doesn’t get enough respect. To this day he has won two Stanley Cups for the Chicago Blackhawks and currently has better goaltending statistics than both of the Central League All-Star selections: Pekka Rinne and Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford leads the league in shutouts with six, and is second in the league for games won. He also has a .926 save percentage, which is ninth in the league and 2.21 goals against, which is 12th in the league. Pekka Rinne’s save percentage for the Predators is .906 with a 2.48 goals against average while Devan Dubnyk has a save percentage of .922 with a 2.29 goals against average for the Minnesota Wild.

But, alas, Rinne got the hometown nod over the much deserving Crawford. However, that’s ok because we need Crawford at his best for the rest of the season into the playoffs. So, we will take the rest so that we can continue to be the best. Crawford is even okay with the snub because defense seems to disappear in All-Star games, which means more work for goaltenders and more chance for injury—we don’t want that at all.

Duncan Keith

While Duncan Keith did miss some time this season due to an injury, he is definitely back to his prime again. His injury probably hurt him in the eyes of the selection committee, but it is still messed up that Keith was left off the roster—he would be an amazing asset to have for the three-on-three format with his legendary ability to play HUGE minutes. Remember, Chicago runs on Duncan and he has played strong minutes every game.

In the 34 games he has played, Keith still has 26 points for the Blackhawks who quickly moved back up to the top of the Western standings. And, did we forget that he is also the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, one of the biggest names in the league, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and won the Norris Trophy two years ago? I hope you didn’t forget all of that because he continues to reign in the defense world of the NHL. Instead, voters left him off in favor of the hometown pick, Roman Josi, and that just doesn’t make sense. But, it’s ok because like Crawford, we want Duncan Keith to remain healthy for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Who all will be watching the All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena on January 31, 2016? I know I will be watching!

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