January 28, 2017 at 10:25 PM #106741Ray MonohanKeymaster
Free NHL Hockey Prediction: NHL All-Star Game NHL Odds
Looking for NHL All-Star Game free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Metropolitan Division taking on the Central Division on Sunday January 29th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions.
Date: Sunday January 29th
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
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With the top-talent in the league representing their respective divisions, it’s tough to predict which two divisions will be in the All-Star festivities finals.
But looking through the rosters of each division, I think the Central and the Metro may have a slight edge in the glorified 3-on-3 skills competition.
Anytime you have Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares on the same team, the offense is sure to be there. The three captains of their respective NHL teams will join forces in what should be a fun All-star team forward group to watch.
Crosby leads the NHL in goals this season with 28 in 41 games played. He is on the best point-per-game pace in the entire league as well, after missing the first six games of the season with a concussion. He is looking at eclipsing the 50-goal mark for the second time in his career, with his only other 50+ season coming in 2009-10.
Another person who is familiar with Rocket Richard honors is Alex Ovechkin, a rival of Crosby’s who will join forces after numerous Eastern Conference battles throughout the years since both entering the league in 2005. Overchkin has 22 goals on the season in 48 games after a slow-start by his standards, and has seven 50-goal seasons under his belt at the age of 30.
The defense might be the weakest part of the Metro’s roster, but then again all are great skaters which is the most important factor when playing in the 3-on-3 style game. Justin Faulk, Seth Jones and Ryan McDonagh will represent their division on the blue-line, with the latter carrying the highest point total entering the game with 28.
None of the four All-star squads will feature any weak goaltending, with the Pacific Division maybe having a slight disadvantage with Mike Smith compared to the other three. Braden Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky will split the duties between the pipes, both having tremendous seasons to-date. Holtby owns a .929 SV% and 1.96 GAA on the year, and Bobrovsky has a .930 and 2.04, respectively, while leading the league in wins with 28.
Opposing the Crosby-led Metro Division is another respective captain who is multi-Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Toews. Toews is a winner, and despite this being a fun weekend for the game’s elite, don’t underestimate that the players in the final will want to come out on top.
The Central features three of the NHL’s best offensive talents in Patrick Kane, Vladamir Tarasenko and Tyler Seguin. Kane currently sits 5th in scoring with 48 points, after winning the scoring title last season. Tarasenko and Seguin both have 46 points on the year, and impressively, Tarasenko leads St. Louis Blues in scoring by 14 points over his next-best teammate.
Rookie, Patrik Laine, is already developing into one of the game’s best trigger-men, having netted 21 goals in 43 games. It will be fun to see him play alongside fellow young phenom, Nathan MacKinnon, both who should be two offensive stars for the next decade.
The blueline for the Central is strong, with Duncan Keith, PK Subban and Ryan Suter anchoring the back-end. Keith is tops amongst the group with 32 points, followed closely by Suter’s 30. Subban has 17 points but in just 32 games after missing an extended period due to injury.
The crease will be manned by Chicago Blackhawk, Corey Crawford, and Vezina-frontrunner at the halfway point, Devan Dubynk of the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks have the most representatives of any team at All-Star weekend with four players. Crawford owns a 2.57 GAA and a .918 SV% on the season, where Dubnyk leads the league in both categories with a 1.91 GAA and a .935 SV%.
NHL Betting Trends:
- If the Central and Metro Divisions meet in the final, the game will feature seven of the top 11 scorers (would be eight if Evgeni Malkin wasn’t hurt)
- The Metro is the highest scoring Division this season, registering for a total of 1,156 goals for amongst their eight teams
- The Central Division has the least goals for, at 934, but it should be noted they have one less team with just seven
- Devan Dubnyk leads the league in both GAA (1.91) and SV% (.935).
- Sidney Crosby will be participating in just his second NHL All-Star game
- Crosby leads the NHL with 28 goals, followed by fellow Metro Division player, Cam Atkinson, and his 24
Free Metropolitan Division vs Central Division NHL Hockey Prediction:
The All-star game is essentially a craps shoot, with each team possessing the top talent the game has to offer. It should be fun to watch Sid the Kid play alongside Alex the Great, an occurrence that is anything but common.
On the other side, the Central will have a number of familiar faces from the Chicago Blackhawks, as the four Hawks have been selected for a combined 19 All-Star games. Here’s for the fan in me hoping that Kane is paired with Tarasenko to set up the sniper, Crosby and Ovechkin for the pure optics and MacKinnon with Laine for a stellar young gun combo.
Ultimately, I’m taking the Central to win as I think Toews just doesn’t lose, ever. I think Dubnyk might make a big breakaway save with seconds remaining and hold the lead for the Central victory.
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