This year the NHL is tweaking its selection process for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend to be held January 25-26 at the SAP Center at San Jose. The final skater for each division will be chosen via fan voting.
Defenseman Kris Letang, whose 33 points (8G-25A) heading into Wednesday's game at the New York Rangers ranked sixth among all NHL blueliners, is the Penguins' 'Last Men In' candidate.
The 2019 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas will allow fans to select four players from a list of 31 All-Star caliber players - one from each NHL team. Voting for the Last Men In opens Thursday, Jan. 3, at 12 p.m. ET and closes Thursday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans will be permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10.
Here is how to vote starting on January 3:
- NHL.com/Vote features interactive ballots available in eight languages - English, French, Czech, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish - and accessible anywhere in the world.
- The NHL App offers fans a mobile interactive ballot that is available on most devices.
Letang is facing off against the following players in hopes of joining the Metropolitan Division roster for the three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format: Teuvo Teravainen (CAR): Nick Foligno (CBJ); Kyle Palmieri (NJD); Anders Lee (NYI); Mats Zuccarello (NYR); Jakub Voracek (PHI); and Nicklas Backstrom (WSH).
Should Letang be voted into the All-Star Game by the fans, it will be the fifth selection of his career. That would tie him with Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for the most All-Star selections by a defenseman in franchise history.
Letang is hoping to join captain Sidney Crosby at the All-Star festivities. Crosby was selected to the All-Star Game for the eighth time earlier Wednesday evening.