Thursday, January 26, 2017

Malkin out, Cam Atkinson in for All-Star Game

Evgeni Malkin has snubbed the all-star game. Well, actually, the Russian will miss this weekend's festivitites due to a lower-body injury, which means that one Metropolitan Division player gets an all-star un-snub.

There are plenty of good candidates--we thought Nicklas Backstrom might have been a good call--but in the end it was a deserving player from the Columbus Blue Jackets that got the nod: Cam Atkinson.

The 27-year-old has put up 24 goals in just 47 games for the Jackets, which puts him just three shy of his career-high total, and he's tied with Jeff Carter for second in goals, behind only Sidney Crosby.

Malkin will miss tonight's game against the Bruins due to a lower-body injury sustained on Tuesday in a loss to the Blues. He was hit by Joel Edmundson and ended up having difficulty putting weight on his left leg after the play, though he did recover quickly and finish the game.

According to Pens head coach Mike Sullivan, Malkin will be re-evaluated after the break.

The Blue Jackets will now have four representatives in L.A. at the all-star game, if you count head coach John Tortorella (who gets the not based on January 10 standings). Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and defenseman Seth Jones were chosen by the NHL's hockey operations department.

For more about this weekend's festivities in Los Angeles, go here.