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Today marks the opening of voting for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, so as they say, vote early & often over at for your favorite Preds. Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Pekka Rinne are on the official ballot, and there's also room to include write-in candidates as well. Big Ben (the dude with the belly on the Megatron at Preds games) has started a Facebook campaign to build support for Craig Smith, who still stands atop the rookie scoring charts, for example.

So go vote! After, that is, reading your morning hockey notes...

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