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Pre Game All-Star notes

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The 2011 NHL All-Star Game gets underway at 4pm EST, live from Raleigh, NC.

The league has released a "Tale of the Tape" between Team Nicklas Lidstrom and Team Eric Staal.

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Raleigh native Clay Aiken, multi-platinum selling rock band 3 Doors Down and the vocal quartet Canadian Tenors will perform at today's game. Aiken and the Canadian Tenors will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, respectively. 3 Doors Down will perform in the first intermission.

The second intermission will feature a special on-ice presentation of all 30 superhero characters - each representing an NHL team - from The Guardian Project.

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As part of the pre-game festivities, the NHL will salute U.S. Cpt. Darin Sweet, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Hero and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. Cpt. Sweet is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC)at Fort Bragg, N.C.

2012 All-Star Game tickets: You can already apply for next year's All-Star game from Ottawa by putting your name in with NHL.com