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2019 NHL All-Star Game Preview and Predictions

Last night’s All-Star skills competition had many memorable moments for the fans. They witnessed barriers being broken with Kendall Coyne Schofield becoming the first women to take part in an NHL All-Star fastest skater competition, and Brianna Decker winning the passing competition. Auston Matthews also brought Sharks fans to their feet when he revealed former Shark Patrick Marleau jersey underneath his own. It was a nice change in the NHL skills competition. Tonight we will see the All-Star game between the four divisions. The winning team of the tournament will win $1 million that will be divided equally among the members. This will be the fourth consecutive year where it will be a 3-on-3 tournament format.

Game 1: Pacific Division .vs. Central Division

8:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

The first game of the competition will between the two Western Conference divisions. The Pacific Division will have “home-ice” advantage in San Jose. In the past, the Pacific has been the most successful team in the 3-on-3 format. They won the tournament in 2016 and 2018, and lost in the final in 2017. Their total record is 5-1-0 and they are 3-0-0 against the Central Division. The Central is the only team that has not won a game under the current format. Could they finally win one against the strong Pacific Division? With strong goaltending from Devan Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne along with skilled forwards such as Patrick Kane and Nathan McKinnon, they have a shot. It will be tough facing a strong Pacific team on their home ice.

 

Name Team All-Star appearances
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 8th
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche 3rd
Ryan O’Reilly St. Louis Blues 2nd
Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche 1st
Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets 1st
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets 2nd
Miro Heiskanen Dallas Stars 1st
Roman Josi Nashville Predators 2nd
Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild 3rd
Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators 3rd

Pacific Division

Name Team All-Star appearances
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames 5th
Clayton Keller Arizona Coyotes 1st
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 3rd
Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks 6th
Elias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks 1st
Brent Burns San Jose Sharks6th
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings 5th
Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks 6th
Marc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights 4th
John Gibson Anaheim Ducks 2nd

 

Prediction: Pacific Wins

Game 2: Atlantic Division .vs. Metropolitan Division

9:15 PM; ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

The winner of this semi-final game will face the winner of the Pacific .vs. Central game. The two divisions have been pretty even in 3-on-3 All-Star format. The Metropolitan is 2-2-0 and won the event in 2017. They will be without superstar Alex Ovechkin for the first time. The Atlantic Division is 2-3-0 in the competition and made the finals last year in Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena. The Atlantic has yet to win the whole All-Star tournament since they went to the 3-0n-3 format. But they have a great roster including  NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov and Auston Matthews. This will be their best shot to win the tournament.

 

Name Team All-Star Appearances
Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres 2nd
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightening 3rd
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd
David Pastrnak Boston Bruins 1st
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightening 6th
John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs 6th
Thomas Chabot Ottawa Senators 1st
Keith Yandle Florida Panthers 3rd
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 2nd
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightening 2nd

Metropolitan Division

Name Team All-Star appearances
Sebastian Aho Carolina Hurricane 1st
Cam Atkinson Columbus Blue Jackets.2nd
Mathew Barzal New York Islanders1st
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 4th
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers 6th
Taylor Hall New Jersey Devils 3rd
John Carlson Washington Capitals 1st
Seth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd
Braden Holtby Washington Capitals 4th
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers5th

 

Prediction: Atlantic Wins

 

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