The NHL All-Star weekend shifts from a very entertaining skills competition to what will hopefully be a competitive and entertaining All-Star tournament. The new format provides some intriguing potential, with the tournament style and one million dollar prize to the winning team providing some more motivation to compete.
The tournament splits the Conference teams we saw in last night's skills competition into four Divisional teams. Divisions from the same Conference will face off with the winners moving on to a final game to decide the winner of the tournament.
This is P.K. Subban's first official All-Star game. He appeared as a Young Gun at the 2011 All-Star Game in Carolina. With the new three-on-three format, who knows what will happen, but it seems like a game like this is made for someone as competitive and skilled as P.K.
All- Star Rosters
Here's how the Eastern Conference teams look head-to-head:
|Atlantic Division||Metropolitan Division|
|Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)||Niklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals)|
|Jaromir Jagr * (Florida Panthers)||Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)|
|Leo Komarov (Toronto Maple Leafs)||Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
|Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)||Evgeni Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals)|
|Ryan O'Reilly (Buffalo Sabres)||Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
|Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)||John Tavares * (New York Islanders)|
|Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)||Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes)|
|Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)||Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
|P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)||Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)|
|Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)||Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)|
|Roberto Luongo (Florida Panthers)||Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)|
Here's how the Western Conference teams will stack up:
|Central Division||Pacific Division|
|Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)||Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)|
|Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche)||Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks)|
|Patrick Kane * (Chicago Blackhawks)||Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers)|
|James Neal (Nashville Predators)||Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)|
|Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)||John Scott * (St. John Ice Caps/ FU NHL)|
|Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars)||Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)|
|Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets)||Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)|
|Shea Weber (Nashvhille Predators)||Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)|
|Roman Josi (Nashville Predators)||Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)|
|Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild)||John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks)|
|Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)||Jonathan Quick (Los Angles Kings)|
It's tournament format, with the first bracket setting the Divisions against each other. The games will be three-on-three, twenty minutes long, with a change of sides at the ten-minute mark.
Division teams of the same Conference face off in the first round, with the winners meeting in a final game to decide the winner of the tournament. The winning team wins one million dollars, and the player of the game wins a really nice truck.
There have been a number of public statements from John Scott's Metropolitan Division teammates telling him that they're going to help him do well in the tournament. It will be interesting to see if they can make it happen.
John Scott says Pavelski and Burns told him, 'Go to the net. Keep your stick on the ice. We'll find you. We'll get you a couple.' #Sportsnet— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) January 29, 2016
How to Watch
Team Metropolitan vs. Team Atlantic 5:00 PM ET
Team Central vs. Team Pacific 6:00 PM ET
Finals 7:00 PM ET
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet, and TVA
In the United States: NBCSN, streaming online NBCSports.com. It will also be available on Game Center Live.
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