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Evgeni Malkin has yet again been selected to the National Hockey League All-Star Game. This is the seventh time he has been chosen, following only Mario Lemieux (13 selections) and Jaromir Jagr (9 selections). Malkin played in the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2016 games. He withdrew from the 2011 and 2015 games due to injuries.
He is currently the NHL’s fourth leading scorer. He has played 39 games this season with 43 points. He has 16 goals, 27 assists and a plus/minus of 10.
In an interview with the media, Malkin said he is most looking forward to seeing the young guys. "Enjoy the weekend and see the new faces around like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews." He joked that he wanted to take selfies with them and the other players.
The All-Star Game will follow a 3-on-3 format. The Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions will face each other. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Pacific versus Central Division match. The All-Star Skills Competition will be held on January 28th at Staples Center in Los Angeles and the All-Star Game is the following day.
Malkin will play with the Metropolitan Division, alongside Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby was voted in by fans to lead the division as Captain. Coaching the team will be John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The rest of the lineup is as follows:
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (Captain)
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals