The NHL all-star game may be played without two of hockey's biggest names.
A report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Sidney Crosby will sit out the contest next Sunday in Raleigh, N.C., while teammate Evgeni Malkin's status for the game is doubtful.
The Penguins are expected to make an official announcement regarding the pair's status within the next few days.
Crosby is still feeling the symptoms of a concussion he suffered in early January and has missed the past eight games.
Malkin injured his left knee in October and reaggravated it in games against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 6 and the Boston Bruins on Jan. 15, forcing him out of the Penguins' lineup the past two games.
The 23-year-old Crosby amassed 32 goals and 34 assists in 41 games before getting hurt, while Malkin has registered 15 goals and 22 assists in 42 contests.
While its two biggest names likely won't participate in the game itself, Pittsburgh will be represented by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defenceman Kris Letang.