The NHL announced a couple of changes to the Metropolitan Division All-Star roster on Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Tristan Jarry (goalie) and Kris Letang (defense) have been added to the roster as replacements. They will be replacing Penguins winger Jake Guentzel and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
Guentzel and Korpisalo were named to the initial rosters but will have to miss the All-Star weekend due to injury. Korpisalo is sidelined for four-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus, while Guentzel will miss the next four-to-six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Letang was the Penguins representative for the last men in vote, so it is not much of a surprise that he was next in line to replace Guentzel. He is the Penguins ice-time leader this season and already has 10 goals and 26 total points in 34 games. This will be the sixth All-Star Game appearance of his career.
Jarry is probably more of a surprise given his path to the All-Star game.
He opened the season as the Penguins’ backup goalie behind Matt Murray and was on the roster at the start mainly because he counted less against the salary cap than Casey DeSmith. But as Murray has slumped, Jarry has taken over the starting job in Pittsburgh and has been one of the league’s best goalies this season. He enters Tuesday’s game as the league leader in all situations save percentage, even-strength save percentage, and goals against average.
The NHL All-Star weekend is Jan. 24-25 and will take place in St. Louis.