While the majority of the league gets a week off and has the chance to head out on a much needed holiday, 44 of the NHL's best gather in Nashville for All Star weekend.
This year for the game they changed the format from the regular 2 team 5 on 5 game we've been used to for a long time. Now this year they have split the teams into their respective divisions and made a 3 on 3 tournament style game. The first 40 minutes will be considered the semi finals with the Atlantic division vs the Metropolitan division and the Pacific division vs the Central division. The winner of those two 20 minutes games will play each other in the final 20 minute game to crown the champion. The winning team gets a cash prize for winning the game.
With there being a cash prize for winning the game, i assume we'll get some effort from the teams to get the prize and the end of the tunnel. I'm very interested in seeing how this format will eventually work out. I personally haven't watched the ASG in years because it's the same thing year after year but with changes they've made this year it seems more of a interesting event to turn into this year. Especially since I was one of those people that voted for John Scott to get into this game.
The teams for this years game are...
Braden Holtby - Washington Cory Schneider - New Jersey Justin Faulk - Carolina Kris Letang - Pittsburgh Ryan McDonagh - NYR Niklas Backstrom - Washington Evgeny Kuznetsov - Washington Claude Giroux - Philadelphia Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Brandon Saad - Columbus John Tavares - NYI
Roberto Luongo - Florida Ben Bishop - Tampa Bay Aaron Ekblad - Florida Erik Karlsson - Ottawa P.K Subban - Montreal Patrice Bergeron - Boston Jaromir Jagr - Florida Leo Komarov - Toronto Dylan Larkin - Detroit Ryan O'Reilly - Buffalo Steve Stamkos - Tampa Bay
John Gibson - Anaheim Jonathan Quick - Los Angeles Brent Burns - San Jose Drew Doughty - Los Angeles Mark Giordano - Calgary Johnny Gaudreau - Calgary Taylor Hall - Edmonton Joe Pavelski - San Jose Corey Perry - Anaheim John Scott - Arizona/Montreal Daniel Sedin - Vancouver
Devan Dubnyk - Minnesota Pekka Rinne - Nashville Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Roman Josi - Nashville Shea Weber - Nashville Jamie Benn - Dallas Tyler Seguin - Dallas Matt Duchene - Colorado Patrick Kane - Chicago Jame Neal - Nashville Vladimir Tarasenko - St Louis
The game goes Sunday at 5 PM Eastern on NBC and Sportsnet. Hope everyone tunes in and enjoys!