– When he wasn't selected to the original NHL All-Star roster two weeks ago, Keith Yandle
said he wasn't upset about the decision but hinted there might be some Phoenix Coyotes
who would use not having a player picked for the game to "use for motivation, that we're being picked on a little bit."
Yandle went out that night and collected a goal and a pair of assists to beat Toronto, and he hasn't stopped scoring since. As he prepared to take a career-best seven-game point streak into Tuesday's game against Edmonton, Yandle learned Tuesday morning that he would replace injured Atlanta defenseman Tobias Enstrom
in Carolina for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday.
"The guys that they did choose at first were great candidates, obviously," said Yandle, who has 10 points (1-9-10) during his scoring streak and 40 points for the season – one shy of his career high. "After they did pick the team, all my teammates came up to me and said that I was pretty deserving, that I should've been there. Just to know that's what your teammates think of you, that's pretty special to me and meant a lot coming from them.