Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Malkin an All-Star; Schultz Gets Left Out

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Malkin an All-Star; Schultz Gets Left Out

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Justin Schultz is having one of the finest seasons of any NHL defenseman, but he won't get to prove it in the All-Star Game.

The only Penguins player added to the Metropolitan Division squad Tuesday for the Jan. 29 game at Staples Center in Los Angeles was center Evgeni Malkin.

He joins teammate Sidney Crosby, who was voted captain of that squad in fan balloting.

Schultz enters the Penguins game tonight in Washington with seven goals and 18 assists in 39 games, including seven goals and 13 assists in his past 17 games. He also was tied with Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter for the league's best plus-minus rating (plus-24) before the Tuesday night games.

Schultz's reaction to being left off the team isn't known because he departed the locker room at Cranberry before the roster was announced, but Malkin suggested that he might have other opportunities in the future.

"Maybe next year, [if] he plays at the same level," Malkin said. "Probably next year."

All eight teams in the division are required to have at least one player on the 11-member squad, the final 10 of which were chosen by the NHL's Hockey Operations department.

Here is the Metropolitan lineup:

* Forwards: Taylor Hall (New Jersey), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Crosby and Malkin.

* Defensemen: Justin Faulk (Carolina), Seth Jones (Columbus) and Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers).

* Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) and Braden Holtby (Washington).

MEDICAL UPDATE

Add Kris Letang to the list of Penguins players felled by a flu-like ailment.

He and fellow defenseman Chad Ruhwedel did not practice Tuesday because of illness, although coach Mike Sullivan did not rule Letang out of the Capitals game.

"We're hopeful he's going to be OK," Sullivan said. …

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