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NHL All-Star Weekend Betting Preview

Many hockey fans are (rightfully) upset with the NHL choosing not to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which makes sense considering the unforgettable drama that’s taken place in the international event over the years. In its place is this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game, and while it’ll be nearly impossible to top the spectacles of past Olympics, the event provides bettors with a different type of wagering opportunity on the ice.

According to Bovada, the Atlantic Division is the +210 favorite, with the Pacific (+230), Central (+230) and Metropolitan (+260) right on its tail. The 3-on-3 format provides its own share of excitement, highlighted by the Metropolitan Division topping the Pacific in the championship at the Staples Center in L.A. a year ago.

Facing a 3-2 deficit at the intermission, Wayne Simmonds and Cam Atkinson scored only five seconds apart midway through the second half to lift the Metropolitan Division to the promised land. This isn’t only a for-fun event, however, as the winning team gets to split a $1-million pot.

Considering the Metropolitan Division possesses some of the top firepower in the league in stars like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares and two of the top goaltenders around in Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist, it’s no surprise to see them tabbed as the faves. For a full list of all-star rosters, click here.

When it comes to MVP betting, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid are the +750 co-favorites, with Crosby (+800), Patrick Kane (+850), Ovechkin (+1000), Johnny Gaudreau (+1000), Nathan MacKinnon (+1100), Auston Matthews (+1100) and Tavares (+1200) rounding out the 10 likeliest candidates to take home the hardware. In a tournament such as this, wagering on which man is going to be named MVP is a major crapshoot, but there’s no shortage of value on the board regardless.

We’ll flip it over to you: which division is going to win the 2018 NHL All-Star Game and who will become the MVP? Have your say in the comments.

NHL All-Star 3-on-3 Tournament Winner
  • Atlantic +210
  • Central +230
  • Pacific +230
  • Metropolitan +260
NHL All-Star Game MVP odds
  • Steven Stamkos +750
  • Nikita Kucherov +750
  • Connor McDavid +750
  • Sidney Crosby +800
  • Patrick Kane +850
  • Alexander Ovechkin +1000
  • Johnny Gaudreau +1000
  • Nathan MacKinnon +1100
  • Auston Matthews +1100
  • John Tavares +1200
  • Tyler Seguin +1200
  • Brad Marchand +1600
  • Brent Burns +1800
  • Blake Wheeler +1800
  • Erik Karlsson +2000
  • P.K. Subban +2000
  • Claude Giroux +2000
  • Drew Doughty +2000
  • Kris Letang +2500
  • Field +400

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