NHL

Cam Atkinson to replace injured Malkin at NHL all-star game

Columbus Blue Jackets leading scorer Cam Atkinson will replace injured Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin at Sunday's NHL all-star game in Los Angeles. Through Wednesday, Atkinson was tied for eighth in league scoring with 46 points.

Blue Jackets forward tied for 2nd in league with 24 goals

Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has been added to the Metropolitan Division roster for Sunday's NHL all-star game in Los Angeles. He replaces Pittsburgh centre Evgeni Malkin, who is nursing an injury. (Associated Press/Getty Images/CBC Sports)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will not be playing the NHL all-star game on Sunday in Los Angeles due to an injury, the team confirmed Wednesday.

The NHL announced on Thursday​ that Malkin will be replaced by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson. The 27-year-old leads Columbus and is tied for eighth in the league with 46 points in 47 games.

His 24 goals are tied with the Kings' Jeff Carter for second most in the NHL.

The Penguins confirmed that Malkin will also miss Thursday's game in Boston.

"[Malkin] is out for tomorrow's game and the all-star game with a lower-body injury," head coach Mike Sullivan said through the Penguins' Twitter account. 

Malkin is currently tied for the team-lead with Sidney Crosby with 54 points — second overall in NHL scoring — three behind Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid. 

With files from The Associated Press

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