Chris Kreider will replace Artemi Panarin at the All Star Game. This news came late yesterday after Panarin missed the game against the Islanders. This is likely a precaution for the Rangers and Panarin, at getting Panarin another 10 days of rest is probably more important than the All Star Game.
It is a little surprising that Kreider, and not Mika Zibanejad, is replacing Panarin. Zibanejad was on the fan ballot, but lost the voting. Guessing it’s because Kreider is a winger and Zibanejad is not. Or maybe Zibanejad just wanted the 10 days off.