Babcock, Paddock named NHL all-star coaches

Detroit's Mike Babcock and Ottawa's John Paddock will be behind the Western Conference and Eastern Conference benches, respectively, at the NHL all-star game on Jan. 27.

Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and John Paddock of the Ottawa Senators will get a bird's-eye view of the NHL all-star game later this month as coaches of the respective sides.

They were selected to preside over the Western and Eastern Conference benches during the game, which takes place in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

The league chooses its coaches based on the team from each conference that has the top winning percentage through games of Jan. 4, the midway point of the regular-season.

Babcock's Red Wings lead the West with a 29-8-3 record for 61 points, while Paddock's Senators (25-10-4) top the East with 54 points.

The assistants are the coaches whose teams have the next highest points percentages. San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson has a slight lead over the Dallas Stars' Dave Tippett in the West.

Brent Sutter of the New Jersey Devils leads the Montreal Canadiens' Guy Carbonneau, the Philadelphia Flyers' John Stevens and the New York Rangers' Tom Renney in the East.

The starting lineups will be announced on Jan 8.

With files from the Associated Press