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NHL All Star Game Betting

It's All-Star weekend with the NFL Pro Bowl going alongside the NHL All-Star game odds on Sunday afternoon.

The hockey classic will not be the normal East vs. West matchup. Instead it will be Team Staal vs. Team Lidstrom and while the format is different, it could still be a very high-scoring contest with hockey bettors eyeballing the OVER.

[ Article courtesy of Bovada ]

The NHL All-Star game hasn’t gotten much press in recent years so the league decided to do something different this season and have two captains choose their players in a draft type format. 

Eric Staal of the Hurricanes is one captain while Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom is the other which is why the two teams are named as such.  Check out the current All Star game line for this game at Bovada

There may actually be more interest in Friday’s draft when the players are selected to the two teams than the actual Hockey betting game itself on Sunday.  The Versus television network will televise Friday’s draft in addition to Sunday’s game.

Team Staal will have the home crowd advantage with the game being played in Charlotte.  It is expected that Staal will choose teammate Cam Ward with his first pick.  After that anything is possible as Staal has said he is going to choose his friends while Lidstrom could do anything. 

What we do know is that two of the top players, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will not be playing as both are out with injuries.  That should mean that Washington’s Alex Ovechkin is one of the first two picks along with Cam Ward.

Team Lidstrom
Captain: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit. Alternates: Patrick Kane, Chicago; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Team Staal
Captain: Eric Staal, Carolina. Alternates: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver; Mike Green, Washington

Remaining All-Stars
Forwards: Corey Perry, Anaheim; Jeff Skinner, Carolina; Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Chicago; Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny, Colorado; Rick Nash, Columbus; Loui Eriksson, Brad Richards, Dallas; Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles; Martin Havlat, Minnesota; Patrik Elias, New Jersey; Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, Philadelphia; David Backes, St. Louis Blues; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay; Phil Kessel, Toronto; Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Vancouver; Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta; Zdeno Chara, Boston; Duncan Keith, Chicago; Brent Burns, Minnesota, Shea Weber, Nashville; Marc Staal, N.Y. Rangers; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa; Keith Yandle, Phoenix; Kris Letang, Pittsburgh; Dan Boyle, San Jose
Goaltenders: Jonas Hiller, Anaheim; Tim Thomas, Boston; Cam Ward, Carolina; Carey Price, Montreal; Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers; Marc-Andre-Fleury, Pittsburgh

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