Evgeni Malkin Selected to Seventh NHL All-Star Gameby Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, the NHL's fourth-leading scorer, was selected to play in his seventh NHL All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Malkin joins Sidney Crosby, who was voted the captain of the Metropolitan Division last week via fan balloting.
This year's game will be played on Sunday, January 29 at 3:30 PM ET at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and it will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
For the second-straight year, the NHL will go with a 3-on-3 All-Star format pitting the Metropolitan and Atlantic Division against one another, with the winner facing the winner of the Pacific versus Central Divisions matchup.
All four teams have 11 players (6 forwards; 3 defensemen; 2 goaltenders) and each of the NHL's 30 teams have to send at least one representative.
Not only has Malkin ranked among the highest scorers in the league this year, but he is coming off a stellar month of December where he topped the league in both points (21) and assists (14), earning NHL 'Second Star' of the month honors as the Penguins compiled a 12-1-2 record to close out the 2016 calendar.
Malkin currently leads all NHL players with 31 home points (8G-23A), helping Pittsburgh get off to a league-high 18-2-2 record at home, the best start in club history. He became the ninth Russian player to reach 800 points with his power-play goal on Dec. 27 in New Jersey.
This marks the seventh consecutive All-Star Game that the Penguins have had multiple players chosen to play in the game.
Malkin's seven All-Star Game selections trail only Mario Lemieux (13 selections) and Jaromir Jagr (9) in franchise history. Crosby was picked for the sixth time.
Last year, Malkin tallied a goal and an assist in a losing effort for his Metro Division squad. In five previous All-Star appearances (he's missed 2 games to injury), Malkin has produced three goals, four assists and seven points.
The 2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be Saturday, January 28 at 7 PM ET. As part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, the league will reveal the remaining 66 members of its '100 Greatest NHL Players' on Friday, January 27 at 9:30 PM ET.
*Update: Evgeni Malkin suffered a lower-body injury on 01.24.17 vs. STL and as a result will miss the All-Star Game.*