There are only a few greater mobilized forces than Pittsburgh Penguins fans. The army of Alexander the Great and Dead Heads immediately spring to mind. On Tuesday, the NHL announced the winners of the “Last Man In” voting for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, and Penguins winger Jake Guentzel earned the Metro Division selection.
Each team had at least one representative and one candidate for the LMI. Guentzel finished second to the New York Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad, but the Rangers forward cannot attend the ASG due to personal reasons.
Guentzel, who has scored 20 or more goals in five straight seasons, was also selected to the game in 2020 but missed due to injury (remember his nasty crash into the boards that almost immediately required shoulder surgery?)
Tristan Jarry is the Pittsburgh Penguins’ other representative.
Gee, if only the Penguins had an all-time great level talent who could go, too. Who needs Sidney Crosby in an All-Star Game?
The 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be a 3v3 tournament between the four NHL divisions and held on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET in Vegas at T-Mobile Arena. On Friday, Feb. 4, will be the All-Star Skills Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook at 7:30 p.m.
Guentzel, 27, is the team leader in goals (20), points (38), and game-winning goals (5). The forward currently has points in 20 of his last 21 games, recording 17 goals and 30 points since Nov. 13. Guentzel recorded points in 18-straight appearances (15-12-27) from Nov. 13-Jan. 11, which included an official career-long 13-game point streak (12-7-19) from Nov. 13-Dec. 6 before missing four games due to injury.
On Monday night, the Penguins finished their western road trip with a 5-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. The team is in third place in the Metro, passing Washington with the win.