Lightning’s Stamkos voted to NHL All-Star game via Last Men In voting; Rangers’ Zibanejad opts out

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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will be headed to his seventh NHL All-Star Game after fans voted him among the “Last Men In” on Tuesday.

Stamkos, who will play for Atlantic Division team, joined Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (Central), Anaheim Ducks right wing Troy Terry (Pacific) and New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Metropolitan) in earning the final roster spots for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

Rangers Zibanejad will not attend

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Jan 2, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates with the puck with Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Boris Katchouk (13) in pursuit during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mika Zibanejad will not compete in the contest due to “personal reasons.” He will be replaced by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel, who finished second in the Metropolitan Division voting.

“Thank you to all of the fans who voted for me to play in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game. Unfortunately, due to a personal situation in Sweden, I will be unable to attend this year,” he wrote.

“Being an NHL All-Star, and representing the Rangers with Kreids and Foxy, would have been an absolute thrill. Thank you to everyone for understanding.”

Stamkos, 31, has team-leading totals in goals (18) and points (46) in 39 games this season.

Kadri, 31, has recorded club-best totals in assists (35) and points (49) in 33 games in 2021-22.

Terry, 24, has team-leading totals in goals (22) and points (36) in 38 games this season.

Zibanejad, 28, has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games in 2021-22.

Guentzel, 27, has team-leading totals in goals (20) and points (38) in 32 games this season.

–Field Level Media