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NHL All-Star Game Lines Hit the Board

Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks NHL All-Star Game

The NHL All-Star Game gets a much-needed facelift in an attempt to inject some life into the festivities that have been just a tad too stale in years past. The format has changed from the standard conference-versus-conference format and now features All-Star squads from each division that will play a two-round knockout style system. Teams now play 20 minutes of three-on-three hockey with the winner advancing, essentially giving us three periods of puck. And of course, you can get some wagering in to spice up the weekend ever further.

Online shop BetOnline has posted on lines on the opening games in both moneyline and totals markets. The first game features the Metropolitan Division battling the Atlantic Division and it’s the Metro that is tabbed as -128 favorites for the opener. The Atlantic heads in as +116 pups.

The second contest features, obviously, the Pacific Division taking on the Central Division. It is the latter that is the largest favorite of the two games, coming in at -134 with the Pacific Division presently +121.

With the three-on-three format, we can probably expect a ton of scoring even with the 20 minute frames. Totals on each contest are currently being offered at a whopping 14.5 with the OVER priced at -113 in the Metro-Atlantic contest and -107 in the Pacific-Central game. The UNDER is coming in at +102 and -103 respectively.

The NHL needed to do something to make the annual game somewhat interesting and this could be the answer. The three-on-three format has been largely successful in overtime this season, so it should be fun to watch the most skilled players on the planet in this format during All-Star weekend.

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