A couple stars have fallen, leading to last minute changes on the NHL All-Star roster.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal have been added to the roster for the 2016 Honda All-Star Game in Nashville, the National Hockey League announced today.
Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division roster, while Neal replaces Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews on the Central Division roster. New York Islanders forward John Tavares replaces Ovechkin as the captain of the Metropolitan Division team.
Ovechkin blames a lingering lower body injury that has plagued him since November.
Toews left Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes early due to an illness he tried battling through for the game and has been fighting a while, Coach Joel Quenneville told press after the game. Quenneville described Toews as “pretty run down.”
Fellow Blackhawks winger Jiri Sekac didn’t travel to that same game due to illness. Reporters also noted Toews was the first to leave the ice during Tuesday’s morning skate.
Jonathan Toews first off the ice. I guess that means he’s your starting goaltender tonight?
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 26, 2016
Per League rules, a player who is named to the NHL All-Star Game and does not participate shall be suspended for one regular-season game – either the game immediately preceding or following the NHL All-Star Game. Ovechkin will miss the Capitals’ Feb. 2 game against the Florida Panthers, while Toews will miss the Blackhawks’ Feb. 2 game at the Colorado Avalanche.
Revised All-Star Rosters
Team Atlantic Division
Coach Gerard Gallant, Florida Panthers
Captain Jaromir Jagr, F, Florida Panthers
Patrice Bergeron, F, Boston Bruins
Leo Komarov, F, Toronto Maple Leafs
Dylan Larkin, F, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan O’Reilly, F, Buffalo Sabres
Steven Stamkos, F, Tampa Bay Lightning
Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers
Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators
P.K. Subban, D, Montreal Canadiens
Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers
Coach Lindy Ruff, Dallas Stars
Captain Patrick Kane, F, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, F, Dallas Stars
Matt Duchene, F, Colorado Avalanche
Tyler Seguin, F, Dallas Stars
Vladimir Tarasenko, F, St. Louis Blues
James Neal, F, Nashville Predators
Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets
Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators
Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild
Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators
Coach Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals
Captain John Tavares, F, New York Islanders
Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom, F, Washington Capitals
Claude Giroux, F, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, F, Pittsburgh Penguins
Brandon Saad, F, Columbus Blue Jackets
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes
Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers
Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals
Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils
Coach Darryl Sutter, Los Angeles Kings
Captain John Scott, F, Arizona Coyotes
Johnny Gaudreau, F, Calgary Flames
Taylor Hall, F, Edmonton Oilers
Joe Pavelski, F, San Jose Sharks
Corey Perry, F, Anaheim Ducks
Daniel Sedin, F, Vancouver Canucks
Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles Kings
Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames
John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will mark the first time Nashville has hosted the NHL All-Star festivities, which will take place at Bridgestone Arena.
All-Star Schedule of Events
The NHL is opening Nashville’s All-Star weekend Friday with a primetime TV special hosted by The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry and NHL Broadcaster Kathryn Tappen.
This ceremonial puck drop on a weekend of hockey festivities will feature roundtable discussions with NHL All-Star players, country music star performances, and a few surprises.
Hosted by Grammy and CMA Award-winning The Band Perry member Kimberly Perry and NHL broadcaster Kathryn Tappen, the one-hour program will broadcast live from the Honda Stage at Bridgestone’s Winter Park in downtown Nashville at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Jan. 29 on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.
The All-Star Skills Competition will take place at 6:00 p.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 30. Both will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
The aforementioned teams will take part in a three-on-three format, three-game tournament at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena. The winners of the first two games will face off for a $1 million prize.
For those visiting Nashville:
A fan fair with events for all ages is taking place from Jan. 28-Jan. 31.
From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT Thursday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Jan. 29 and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, an NHL fan pass allows access to:
- NHL Mascots
- A photo with the Stanley Cup
- An NHL Trophy Showcase, including the Hart, Vezina, Norris, and others
- Meet-and-greet past and present hockey legends
- NHL player Q&A at the NHL Fan Fair Theater
- Visit the “Hockey in the State of Tennessee” Hall of Fame exhibit
- Test shooting accuracy in the Bridgestone Shootout
- Live music performances nightly
- Create-your-own Upper Deck trading card
- Test your hockey skills in the Honda All-Star skills zone
- Collect rare hockey memorabilia
- Take kids to the McDonald’s Kid’s Zone
- Lace up on the outdoor ice rink constructed for the All-Star Weekend
Price (Single Day)
$15 Children (Ages 3 to 12)
$15 Seniors (Ages 65 and over)
$15 College/Military (must show ID at entrance)
Children 2 and under: Free
Four Day Mobile Pass
$60 (Good for One Entry Each Day of Operation)
Music City Music
Scheduled musical headliners for the weekend are Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Lonestar, and a number of other acts.
All-Star weekend is set to give fans star treatment in and out of the arena.
NHL Network and NHL.com will provide comprehensive coverage of 2016 Honda NHL All-Star festivities. (So will The Pink Puck!)