Buffalo's Ruff, Anaheim's Carlyle to coach all-star teams in Dallas

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The Sabres and Ducks will have the best points percentages in their respective conferences through Friday's games, the halfway point of the season.

Ruff's Sabres lead the Eastern Conference with a .763 percentage, posting 61 points in 40 games (29-8-3), and are assured of having the conference's top points percentage through Friday.

Carlyle's Ducks are guaranteed of topping the Western Conference with a .738 percentage. They have 62 points in 42 games (28-8-6).

Heading into Thursday's games, Montreal Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau and Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock led close races for the all-star assistant coach positions.

The all-star game is scheduled for Jan. 24.


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