COLUMBUS --Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Ekblad already was scheduled to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) as one of the six rookie stars. Those players were invited to take part in the Skills Competition but weren't eligible for the All-Star Game. However Ekblad has been added to the lineup as an injury replacement, joining fellow rookie Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, who was named as a replacement Thursday.
Ekblad was asked during NHL Media Day presented by DraftKings on Friday what it would mean to be named to the main team for All-Star Weekend.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, the team said Thursday.
Johnson is tied for first among NHL defensemen with a career-high 12 goals and is second among Avalanche defensemen with 23 points. He is also first on the team in average time on ice (24:25) and blocked shots (107).
Forsberg leads NHL rookies in assists (25) and points (40) and his 15 goals are one behind Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators for the rookie lead. He was already one of six rookies picked to participate in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Swift Current Broncos center Glenn Gawdin, Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Brendan Guhle and Owen Sound Attack goaltender Michael McNiven will serve as injury replacements in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Gawdin (6-foot-1, 188 pounds), who will replace Sarnia Sting forward Pavel Zacha (upper-body injury) on Team Bobby Orr, had 36 points in 46 games for the Broncos this season. Guhle (6-1, 184), who will replace Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel (upper body) on Team Don Cherry, has 15 points in 45 games in his second season with the Raiders.
Pirri, 23, has been in and out of the lineup this season, playing once since Jan. 4. He has three goals and an assist in 19 games after scoring 13 goals and 25 points last season in 49 games split between the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.
Trocheck, 21, has also been a healthy scratch of late. He has four goals and 13 points in 27 games.
With the Ducks beginning a back-to-back set that sees them playing at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, coach Bruce Boudreau will turn to Bryzgalov for his third start of the season.
Anderson had played eight of the past nine games, and had a 28-save shutout Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"Usually you come back with the goaltender who just had the shutout, but this was something that we had planned," Boudreau said, according to the Ducks website. "We want him to play and we need him to play well."