Buffalo’s Ruff, Anaheim’s Carlyle to coach All-Stars

NEW YORK (TICKER) —Lindy Ruff and Randy Carlyle have clinched a trip to Dallas.

Ruff and Carlyle will coach the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, respectively, in the 2007 All-Star Game on January 24, the NHL announced Thursday.

The former defensemen earned the honors as a result of leading their respective teams to the top points percentage in their conferences through games of January 5. Ruff has the Buffalo Sabres atop the East with a .763 percentage (61 points in 40 games) as of Thursday, while Carlyle’s Anaheim Ducks are first in the West at .738 percent (62 in 42).

Both teams are assured of leading their conferences following the conclusion of Friday’s contests.

Assistant coaches for the All-Star Game are still to be determined. The coaches whose teams are second in their conference in points percentage will be selected. Entering Thursday, Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens (.654) and Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings (.705) lead close races in the East and West, respectively.

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Updated Thursday, Jan 4, 2007