NHL All Star Weekend Betting OddsPublished January 23, 2020 by Sol FH
It's mid-season in the NHL and that means the stars of the season get on the ice for the skills competitions and the All-Star Game. Live on Saturday Night at 1:00 GMT.
It's time for the annual NHL All-Star weekend and this year from Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The 2020 edition will have a number of players that are set to skate in their first-ever All-Star game, while the best veterans will get to show the young guns they still got it.
All in all, there are 19 players making their first appearance, not to be outdone by veterans like Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, making his ninth appearance, and Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber making his seventh appearance. The defending Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues will have plenty of representation with four players on the roster. Head coach of the Blues, Craig Berube will lead the Central Division team in action.
All-Star Game Format
This will be the fifth straight year that the All-Star Game will be played in its new format, consisting of a three-on-three tournament with four teams from each of the NHL's four divisions. The two teams from the Eastern Conference, the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions, will face-off in a semifinal game, while the two Western Conference teams, the Pacific and Central, will play in the other. The winning teams from the two semifinal matchups will play in the final to decide which division reigns supreme.
The games will each last for just 20-minutes, making it crucial to charge the net, much like overtime in the NHL.
Captains of the respective teams were voted by fans with David Pastrnak of the Bruins getting the call for the Atlantic, Alex Ovechkin for the Metropolitan (he will miss the All-Star game), Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche and Connor McDavid round out the others for the Central and Pacific, respectively.
The All-Star Game even has some wagering markets available at 88Sport. Punters interested in getting in on the game can bet on whether or not there will be overtime or a penalty shootout at 1.85 for the Central Division and 1.95 for the Pacific. And, Total Goals - Including overtime and penalty shootout in over/under format at 12.5 and 1.90 odds.