It has finally been confirmed that Sidney Crosby will yet again miss the NHL All-Star Game on January 30th. Crosby has missed the past 9 games with a concussion he sustained January 5th courtesy of a hit from Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. He was previously injured during the Winter Classic after a David Steckel hit. Crosby was voted a starter by the fans.
Crosby's fellow teammate Evgeni Malkin, is still undecided whether he will play or not. Malkin has missed the past 2 games due to a knee injury. The Penguins say that his chances of playing are "slim to none". If Malkin does not play, the Penguins will be represented by defenseman Kris Letang and net minder Marc-Andre Fleury. (UPDATE: Malkin will miss the All-Star Game)
On the opposite coast, another pair of teammates will be sitting out of the All-Star festivities. Winger Ales Hemsky will miss the All-Star game due to a concussion, and rookie center Jordan Eberle will not compete in the Super Skills Competition as he is nursing an injured ankle. That leaves just Taylor Hall representing the Oilers as he will take part in the skills competition.
Rounding out the list of inactive All-Stars is winger Jarome Iginla. Earlier last week he announced that he will skip out on the game due to his sickly grandmother. His grandfather passed away last spring. Iginla will be replaced on the All-Star roster by Philadelphia Flyer Danny Briere.
UPDATE: Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom will also be missing the All-Star game after breaking his finger in last night's game against the New York Rangers. This would have been Enstrom's first All-Star appearance. Keith Yandle will replace Enstrom.
Potentially look for Mikhail Grabovski, Patrick Marleau, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown, Mike Ribeiro, or Bobby Ryan to replace any of the forwards.