Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and team scoring leader Evgeni Malkin have been chosen to skate in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game to be held Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, followed by the All-Star Game at 5 p.m. the following day, also on NBC Sports Network.
Both players were selected as NHL All-Stars for the fifth time. This also marks the fifth consecutive All-Star Game that the Penguins will have multiple participants.
Only Mario Lemieux (13 selections) and Jaromir Jagr (9) have been selected to more All-Star Games in Penguins history than Crosby and Malkin.
Malkin leads the Penguins in both goals (18) and points (45) this season, including recording at least one point in 30 of Pittsburgh’s 40 games. Heading into Saturday night’s game against Montreal he places fourth (tied) in the NHL scoring race. Malkin’s 12 multiple-point games also lead the team.
Crosby ranks second on the team and eighth in the NHL with 43 points (11G-32A) in 37 games. His 32 assists rank second in the league, two behind league-leader Jake Voracek despite playing five fewer games than the Flyers’ forward.
Malkin has suited up for three All-Star Games, tallying two points (1G-1A) in 2012 at Ottawa; scoring once in 2009 at Montreal; and collecting two assists in his debut contest in Atlanta in 2008.
Crosby will be looking to participate in just his second All-Star Game, and first since 2007 in Dallas. He missed games in 2008, ’09 and ’11 due to injury.