Will Rose be Bulls' lone All-Star again?

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Will Rose be Bulls' lone All-Star again?

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. The entire Bulls starting lineup point guard Derrick Rose, shooting guard Rip Hamilton, small forward Luol Deng, power forward Carlos Boozer and center Joakim Noah made the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Game ballot, the league announced Wednesday.

The inclusion of all five starters shows how much higher in stature the Bulls, coming off a season in which they won a league-high 62 regular-season games have risen.

However, its highly unlikely that all five players will be selected to play in the game, let alone be starters.

Rose, the reigning league MVP, is a lock to be a starter for a second consecutive year, and it wouldnt be a shock to see him challenge to be the NBAs highest vote-getter in fan balloting.

Noah might be the next most popular Bull in Chicago, but his lack of gaudy statistics probably will prevent him from making the game, although he was in line to make his first All-Star appearance last season, until injuries sidelined him.

Boozer, a polarizing figure in Chicago and throughout the league, is also an unlikely candidate for the game, despite being a former All-Star in the Western Conference.

Hamilton, another former All-Star, isnt likely to put up statistics worthy of candidacy in his first season with the Bulls, not to mention the fact that the veterans best years could be behind him.

That leaves Deng, whose strong start to the campaign, following arguably his best all-around professional season, could garner nominations from the leagues coaches, although the fans probably wont vote him in as a starter, due to his lack of NBA-wide name recognition.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau stumped for Deng to make both the All-Star Game and the leagues all-defensive team last season to little success, but with a Coach of the Year award under his belt, perhaps hell have more sway this time around.

Furthermore, after the teams successful 2010-11 campaign, in which Rose was Chicagos lone All-Star, Deng could be the second All-Star player on one of the leagues consensus upper-echelon teams.

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Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

It wasn't pretty, but the Blackhawks found a way to pick up another two points and improved to 6-0-1 over their last seven games, and 18-3-1 over their last 22.

With Minnesota's loss to Philadelphia, the Blackhawks have taken an eight-point lead for first in the Central Division and are only two points away from the Washington Capitals for home-ice advantage throughout the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.

Let's take a look at Quick Hits from the 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night:

What Worked: The finish and shootout. While the Blackhawks scored the game's first goal, it was another slow start by a team that has had a few of those over the last several outings and has preached working on turning in more of a complete effort. They recorded only 14 shots on goal in the first two periods, and it took more than six minutes after Patrick Kane's goal to record their next one.

But they finished on a positive note yet again, and went 2-for-3 in the shootout thanks to Kane and Artemi Panarin, who potted the game winner. Kane said after the game that he tried his move on Scott Darling during morning skate and it worked. So he went with it tonight in an effort to snap a mini shootout drought and he did.

What Didn't Work: Controlling the puck. The Blackhawks seemingly have the puck more than their opponent does almost every game, but it doesn't reflect in the shot department because they often look for the perfect pass or shot and fail to record one at all. They had 50 shot attempts with 26 of them on goal compared to the Stars' 64 attempts with 44 on goal. They know they must get better at that.

Star of the game: Corey Crawford. After allowing four goals on only 10 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Vancouver, the Blackhawks netminder bounced back in a huge way. He matched a season-high with 42 saves, and recorded his 30th win of the season.

He Said It: "He played amazing tonight. Reason we won the game. Hats off to him, he's done that a lot this year. For a goalie it's probably tough to show up every night, even the goals he let in last game you can't put all the blame on him, but he was outstanding tonight." — Kane on Crawford's performance

By the Numbers:

167 — Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked one shot in the win, and it was enough to set a new career high in that department, previously established during the 2010-11 campaign (166).

15 — Trevor van Riemsyk assisted on Marian Hossa's goal in the third period, giving him a career-high 15 points on the season in 50 games. He had 14 points in 82 games last year. He also extended his point streak to three games.

6 — With the victory, Crawford has earned at least 30 wins in six of his seven NHL seasons as a full-time starter. The only time he didn't reach that mark was during the lockout-shortened year in 2012-13 when he went 19-5-5.