The NHL holds the 2016 All-Star game today, and for the first time it features a three-on-three tournament.
The NHL made a very exciting change to it’s All Star game. For the first time ever the NHL will have a three on three tournament featuring all four divisions.
The Central Division faces the Pacific Division and the Atlantic Division faces the Metropolitan Division. The winners of those two games meet in the finals.
The East, because of winning the skills competition on Saturday will go first, each game is going to be 20 minutes long with teams switching sides after 10 minutes.
Dylan Larkin is the Red Wings only representative for the All Star game and he also broke the record in the fastest skater competition last night.
I have had my doubts about Nashville as a hockey market but they’ve been very supportive of that team.
The rest of the NHL All Stars and teams they represent are:
Atlantic: Patrice Bergeron Boston, Jaromir Jagr Florida, Leo Komarov Toronto, Dylan Larkin Detroit, Ryan O Reilly Buffalo, Steven Stamkos Future Red Wing I mean Tampa Bay, Aaron Ekblad Florida, Erik Karlsson Ottawa, P.K. Subban Montreal, Ben Bishop Tampa Bay and Roberto Luongo Florida.
Metropolitan: Nicklas Backstrom Washington, Claude Giroux Philadelphia, Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh, Alex Ovechkin Washington (Ovechkin is out due to an illness replaced with Evgeny Kuznetsov from Washington), Brandon Saad Columbus, John Tavares New York Islanders, Justin Falk Carolina, Kris Letang Pittsburgh, Ryan McDonagh New York Rangers, Braden Holtby Washington and Cory Schneider New Jersey.
Central: Jamie Benn Dallas, Patrick Kane Chicago, Matt Duchene Colorado, Tyler Seguin Dallas, Vladimir Tarasenko St Louis, Jonathan Toews Chicago (out replaced with James Neal from Dallas), Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg, Roman Josi Nashville, Shea Weber Nashville, Devan Dubnyk Minnesota and Pekka Rinne Nashville.
Pacific: Johnny Gaudreau Calgary, Taylor Hall Edmonton, Joe Pavelski San Jose, Corey Perry Anaheim, John Scott Arizona (later traded to Montreal), Daniel Sedin Vancouver, Brent Burns San Jose, Drew Doughty LA, Mark Giordano Calgary, John Gibson Anaheim and Jonathan Quick LA.
Here is all the important information for the All Star game:
2016 NHL All Star Game Schedule:
Atlantic Division vs. Metropolitan Division; Central Division vs. Pacific Divison. Championship game follows immediately.
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Game Time: 5 PM ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
This is really the first time in a while that I’m looking forward to the NHL All Star game. 3-on-3 has been exciting so far this season and I can only imagine how exciting it’s going to be with the All Stars their.
I have to hand it to the NHL to try and improve the All Star game. This All Star game has the makings to be very entertaining…unless you like defense.