Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom have been voted captains for the NHL’s unusual 2011 All-Star festivities.

Staal and Lidstrom were elected by the 42 players who will attend All-Star weekend in Raleigh, N.C., starting Jan. 28.

They’ll pick the squads for the game — Team Staal and Team Lidstrom, respectively — in a playground-style “fantasy draft” next Friday.

Our top picks

Who we’d take if we were Staal or Lidstrom:

1 Alex Ovechkin: He’s the best goal-scorer who will definitely be there.
2 Evgeni Malkin:?With Sidney Crosby hurt, he’s guaranteed excitement.
3 Tim Thomas: Really want to win the game? Pick the hottest goaltender in the league.

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