Ekblad to replace Johnson in All-Star Game


Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau celebrates his goal during first period NHL hockey action against Edmonton Oilers in Calgary, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad is bumped up to the NHL All-Star Game from the rookie showcase to replace Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson.

Both Crosby and Johnson will miss the festivities due to lower-body injuries.

It was originally believed Johnny Gaudreau would also be promoted to replace the injured Sidney Crosby, but the game will go on one forward short instead.

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