Kuznetsov, Neal replace Ovechkin, Toews as NHL All-Stars

BY foxsports • January 28, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov will replace Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, and James Neal of the Nashville Predators will replace Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks at this weekend's NHL All-Star Game.

Ovechkin pulled out of All-Star weekend with a lower-body injury that the team said had been bothering him since mid-November. Toews left Chicago's game Tuesday with an illness.

By NHL rule, Ovechkin and Toews are suspended for the first game after the All-Star break.

The NHL is debuting a 3-on-3 All-Star tournament this year to replace the traditional game. It takes place Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.