Are you ready for a few hours of goofy fun? The 2020 NHL All-Star Game goes tonight in St. Louis, with teams representing the NHL’s four divisions going head to head (to head to head) in three on three competition to determine who wants to split a million dollars.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. MT on CBC!
If you’re only really excited to see if the Pacific Division team can thrive, that game will be the second one on the docket. Here’s how the rosters stack up:
Pacific vs. Central
|Pacific Division||Central Division|
|Goalies||Jacob Markstrom (Canucks)
David Rittich (Flames)
|Jordan Binnington (Blues)
Connor Hellebuyck (Jets)
|Defensemen||Mark Giordano (Flames)
Quinn Hughes (Canucks)
|Roman Josi (Predators)
Alex Pietrangelo (Blues)
|Forwards||Leon Draisaitl (Oilers)
Tomas Hertl (Sharks)
Anze Kopitar (Kings)
Connor McDavid (Oilers)
Max Pacioretty (Golden Knights)
Elias Pettersson (Canucks)
Matthew Tkachuk (Flames)
|Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche)
Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)
David Perron (Blues)
Mark Scheifele (Jets)
Tyler Seguin (Stars)
Eric Staal (Wild)
The Eastern Conference game is scheduled to go at 6:15 p.m. MT. The Western Conference game is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. MT. The finals are penciled in for 8:15 p.m. MT.
The storylines in the Western Conference game will probably revolve around the Battle of Alberta. Can the Flames, primarily Matthew Tkachuk, get along with the Oilers? Leon Draisaitl said he’d get off the ice if he and Connor McDavid had to play with Tkachuk. Will Pacific coach Rick Tocchet put them together as a unit anyway just for the zany fun of it? How will the rest of the team line up? Can Mark Giordano and David Rittich play peace-makers? Can the Flames find a way to overcome Nathan MacKinnon?
This is the fifth year of the three on three event. The Pacific Division has won two of the previous four tournaments, with the Metropolitan Division taking the other team. Can another team get on the board, or will that domination continue?