2022 NHL All-Star Game NHL Odds, Preview and Prediction
There was no NHL All-Star Game last year because of the COVID pandemic but it’s back on Saturday afternoon from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, although one of the NHL’s biggest stars in Alex Ovechkin will not be there.
Since 2016, the All-Star Game has featured top players from each of the NHL’s four divisions. Each of the four teams will include six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders (at least one player from each team) and the tournament features three games played in the three-on-three format similar to regular-season overtime.
The Atlantic Division and the Metropolitan Division from the Eastern Conference face off in one semifinal and the Central Division faces the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. The winners of each semifinal play in the final. All games are 20 minutes long and teams change ends at the 10-minute mark of each game. Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout.
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2022 NHL All-Star Game Information
- When: Saturday, February 5th, 2022, 3:30 PM ET
- Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- TV: ABC, ESPN+, SN, SN Now, TVAS
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: TBA
What happened in the last NHL All-Star game
In the 2020 All-Star game final, the Pacific Division beat the Atlantic 5-4 to share the $1 million prize for the third time. It also won in 2016 in Nashville and in 2018 in Tampa Bay. Tomas Hertl scored the tie-breaking goal with 2:36 remaining. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist.
However, Boston’s David Pastrnak, who scored a hat trick and had an assist in a 9-5 semifinal win for the Atlantic Division against the Metropolitan Division, was named All-Star Game MVP through a fan vote on social media. Pastrnak had a goal and assist in the loss to the Pacific.
The Chosen Players for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game
The following players were voted as division captains by the fans: Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (Atlantic), Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Ovechkin (Metropolitan) and Oilers forward Connor McDavid (Pacific). MacKinnon is out due to injury. Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski will be Central captain in MacKinnon’s absence. Pavelski was already on the team so MacKinnon was replaced by Predators defenseman Roman Josi.
The Last Men In for each division, as decided by a fan vote, were named on Jan. 18. Nazem Kadri of the Avalanche, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Troy Terry of the Anaheim Ducks and Jake Guentzel of the Pittsburgh Penguins were added to the rosters for their respective divisions.
Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle was named the first All-Star from the expansion team. He played in the 2012 game representing the Oilers.
Florida’s Andrew Brunette will coach the Atlantic, Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour the Metropolitan, Colorado’s Jerad Bednar the Central and Vegas’ Pete DeBoer the Pacific. Their teams had the highest points percentages in their respective divisions through games played on Jan. 10.
Ovechkin, who is fourth all-time in goals scored, was set to be the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Stars but he tested positive for COVID on Wednesday so he’s obviously out. Ovechkin will have missed the last three All-Star Games. The past two were due to a personal decision to opt-out and rest.
Not only is Ovechkin, 36, one of the most lethal goal scorers in NHL history, he’s also been one of the league’s most durable players throughout his 17-year career. He missed four regular-season games or fewer in 14 of his first 15 seasons. Ovechkin missed four games last season in COVID-19 protocol.
As of this moment, Evgeny Kuznetsov will be the only Capitals representative at the game. Kuznetsov replaced injured New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox on the Metropolitan Division roster. Kuznetsov is playing in his second All-Star Game.
2022 NHL All-Star Game Expert Betting Predictions
While most NHL games are decided by which team has the best goalie, go ahead and throw that out for the All-Star Game as there are going to be a lot of goals scored even in just 20 minutes. In 2020, each game had at least nine goals. In 2019, each had at least 11. The last shutout in an All-Star game was the Pacific beating the Atlantic 1-0 in a 2016 semifinal. If you want to bet on one division, go for the Pacific Division to win it all this weekend.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.