NHL All-Stars continue to drop out


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Auston Matthews. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game on-ice events take place this weekend with the skills competition on Friday evening and the All-Star Game on Saturday at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Three of the NHL's four divisions have seen players drop out due to injury or personal reasons, with the Metropolitan Division being hit the hardest. Here's who was named to an initial roster but won't be taking part in the on-ice events:

Jake Guentzel 
(shoulder surgery)
Kyle Palmieri (foot injury)
Dougie Hamilton (surgery for broken fibula)
Joonas Korpisalo (knee surgery)
Artemi Panarin (upper-body injury)
Alex Ovechkin (chosen not to attend)

Filling in for the Metropolitan Division are Kris Letang, New Jersey's Nico Hischier, New York's Chris Kreider, Carolina's Jaccob Slavin, and Tristan Jarry.

Tuukka Rask
(chosen not to attend)
Auston Matthews (wrist condition, will still attend off-ice events)

Filling in for the Atlantic Division are Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Jakob Silfverberg
 (personal reasons)
Logan Couture (fractured ankle)
Darcy Kuemper (lower-body injury)
Marc-Andre Fleury (chosen not to attend)

Filling in for the Pacific Division are San Jose's Tomas Hertl, Vegas' Max Pacioretty, and Calgary's David Rittich. Additionally, Pacific Division head coach Gerard Gallant was replaced by Arizona's Rick Tocchet after Gallant was fired by Vegas.

The full updated rosters can be found here.

Here's a list of notable events taking place in St. Louis this week:

Thursday, Jan. 23

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- 2020 NHL All-Star Media Day
Stifel Theatre

7 p.m. -- St. Louis Blues Alumni Game
Centene Community Ice Center

Friday, Jan. 24

3:30 p.m. – Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday concert featuring O.A.R. & 2020 NHL All-Star Red Carpet Arrivals
Enterprise Center, 14th and Market Streets

5:30 p.m. -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Media Availability
Enterprise Center

7 p.m. -- 2020 NHL All-Star Skills 
Enterprise Center

Saturday, Jan. 25

12 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Chel Gaming Challenge (public event)
Ballpark Village

5 p.m. – Green Day Outdoor Performance
Enterprise Center, 14th and Market Streets

7 p.m. -- 2020 NHL All-Star Game
Enterprise Center

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