Center Evgeni Malkin will be the Penguins' lone All-Star Game representative in Ottawa on Jan. 29 after right wing James Neal was snubbed, despite being sixth in the NHL with 21 goals.
Although the Penguins were disappointed Neal didn't get the nod — centers Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal, and defenseman Kris Letang would have been candidates had they not been currently injured — general manager Ray Shero will enjoy seeing Malkin play. He appreciates the season Malkin is having less than a year removed from ACL and MCL surgery.
"I can't say enough good things about Evgeni," Shero said. "You can see the passion he is playing with, the care that he's got in his game. He's our on-ice leader right now."
Malkin had a turnover that resulted in the only goal during a 1-0 loss to Washington on Wednesday. But Shero didn't seem to mind.
"Sometimes that happens to him," Shero said, "but it's because he cares so much and is trying so hard."
Entering Thursday night, Malkin was seventh in the scoring race with 45 points even though he has missed seven games to injuries.
> > Crosby is scheduled to skate by himself in Florida on Friday following the team's morning skate. He will meet with the media following his workout.
> > Enforcer Steve MacIntyre cleared waivers and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Monday.
> > The Penguins reassigned forward Colin McDonald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday. In two games with the Penguins, he was scoreless with a plus-1 rating.
> > Coach Dan Bylsma gave the team off Thursday, its first off day since Jan. 4.
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