Weber, Suter both get All-Star game invitations from the NHL

Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:52pm

Shea Weber and Ryan Suter have been regarded as one of the NHL’s top defensive pairs for the last several seasons. Finally, both have earned recognition for their individual ability.

Weber and Suter were among 36 players selected by the league to participate in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, which will take place Jan 29 at Ottawa. Six players previously were named through fan voting.

It is the second time Nashville has two players in the contest. The first was 2004, when defenseman Kimmo Timonen and goalie Tomas Vokoun took part.

Additionally, forward Craig Smith was one of 12 rookies selected to participate in the All-Star weekend festivities.

Weber was selected for the third straight time, which tied him with Timonen for the most in franchise history. Nashville’s captain had four assists in last year’s game after having made his All-Star debut in 2009 (there was no All-Star contest in 2010 because of the Olympics).

Timonen only made two All-Star appearances (2004 and 2007). He missed the 2000 event because of an injury.

Assuming Weber plays, he will become the Predators’ first three-time participant.

Suter was chosen for the first time.

Weber and Suter both rank among the league’s top 10 defensemen in scoring with 30 and 25 points, respectively. Weber’s nine goals are tied for second-most among all blue liners.

Smith is third among all rookies with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists).