The NHL break this year coincides with NHL All-Star Weekend. This is actually the first All-Star game in over two years for the NHL. Remember we had the lockout shortened season two years ago and last year was the Olympics. Unlike most people I do like watching All-Star games. They are completely pointless for the most part, except MLB, but for the most part they are fun to watch. The NFL Pro-Bowl was the most uncompetitive before the defenses started to come to play last season. Even with no defense in hockey though, a lot of the goals and plays are entertaining in the NHL All-Star game. This year’s festivities come to you from Columbus, Ohio, where they got a nice turn out from the fans for the skills competition last night. Team Foligno absolutely mauled Team Toews, where it was pretty much over after the first event. Team Foligno swept the first event to take a 5-0 lead and never looked back from there. Remember that this is a glorified scrimmage, so bet accordingly and don’t get too crazy with your units wagered.
I was on a nice little run before the Leafs lost once again in their game against the Senators before the break. It looked like it was shaping up to be a good spot for the Leafs to snap their streak. Heading into the break they had the rival Senators in front of them, a team they’ve had a great history against. The Leafs, though, got behind quickly and couldn’t claw their way back into the game and lost by a goal. No team needed a break more than the Leafs needed one, so we’ll see how they respond when the season resumes this week. For now lets try and win some money on the NHL All-Star Game.
Team Foligno vs. Team Toews
This All-Star game took the form of a fantasy draft which took place on Friday night. If you want to see how much players care about this game you’ll take notice of what happened Friday night during the draft. Jonathan Toews selected Phil Kessel with the second overall pick in the draft. Huh, Kessel? Toews said he selected him because he is coachable. Well, later on Kessel was traded to Team Foligno, so much for being a coachable player. With all of the talent available to be picked from, these teams end up being pretty even in the end, despite the result of the skills competition last night. We have Steven Stamkos on one side with John Tavares on the other. On paper Team Foligno looks better to me by a bit. Some of the highlights of Team Foligno includes Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin, Bobby Ryan, and Anze Kopitar to name a few. That is a pretty stacked roster for sure.
The notables worth mentioning on Team Toews are John Tavares, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Seguin, and Vladimir Tarasenko. Like I said on paper Foligno looks more impressive, and if last nights skills competition is any indication they are much better. However, who knows who is going to show up and play on Sunday. The offenses are going to be there I do know that. I am going to hope that we can get enough goals to push it OVER the total. I would never take an UNDER in an All-Star game with all of the shenanigans that occur during them. Take the OVER 21 for a fun bet Sunday afternoon.
Pick – OVER 21 GOALS (-115) 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)