Penguins right wing James Neal said he intends to use his All-Star Game snub as motivation for the second half of the season.

When asked if the slight could ignite a hot streak, Neal nodded.

"Of course," he said. "Any time you don't get picked for something like that, it's disappointing when you're up there (for consideration)."

Many of his teammates said they were surprised Neal was omitted from the game in Ottawa on Jan. 29. Center Evgeni Malkin is the team's lone representative.

Coach Dan Bylsma said he thought Neal's first half would warrant an selection. The 24-year-old forward is leading the team with 21 goals, which ranks sixth in the NHL. His 10 power-play goals are tops in the league.

"I was surprised not to see him on there," Bylsma said. "His goal total, and what he's done in the first half, I was hoping to see him on that list."