The rosters are set as the National Hockey League gets ready to stage its annual All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon, with Team Alfredsson the betting favorite.
The 2012 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft turned into a partisan affair as Daniel Alfredsson selected each of his Ottawa Senators teammates and some fellow Swedes as well.
Zdeno Chara showed just as much bias by choosing countrymen Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik along with teammates Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin for his roster.
The rosters measure up quite evenly, with 5Dimes giving a slight edge to Team Alfredsson as a -115 moneyline favorite in NHL All-Star Game betting action for Sunday.
The OVER/UNDER is set at 18 for this usually wide-open affair, and the combined score could favor OVER bettors with 21 goals scored in last year’s contest.
There isn’t much to sway bettors in either direction with the teams fairly comparable in age, height, and weight. However, with the game hosted by Ottawa, the crowd will no doubt be vocal in its support of Team Alfredsson.
Team Chara has the more experienced roster, along with a big advantage in career scoring, but the totals this season are nearly identical. Team Alfredsson has scored more goals, with Team Chara holding an advantage in assists and having a slim lead in overall total points.
Team Chara’s goaltending tandem of Thomas, Carey Price, and Jimmy Howard has a combined nine more wins with slightly more games played than Team Alfredsson netminders Henrik Lundqvist, Brian Elliott, and Jonathan Quick.
One of the more popular prop bets made during the NHL All-Star Game is the MVP award. Evgeni Malkin leads the NHL with 58 points and has played in just 42 games, so he could be a contender for that honour. Steven Stamkos is leading the league with 32 goals despite playing on an underachieving Tampa Bay club.
Jason Spezza will be playing in his own rink and he has certainly lit the lamp on occasion this year with 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 52 games.