The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will start on Saturday, February 5, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This game will once again feature some of the biggest stars in the league, and that should lead to an exciting event.
The NHL will once again be using a different format for the All-Star Game, and there will also be plenty of skills competitions held. This betting preview will take a look at the actual “game” and help you pick which team might come out on top.
Here are the betting odds for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game:
- Pacific Division +230
- Atlantic Division +260
- Metropolitan Division +260
- Central Division +320
The All-Star Game Format
Instead of just one single game being played, the NHL will once again be hosting an All-Star Game tournament between the four teams. A pair of semifinal games will be played before the top team in each conference squares off for a chance to win the event.
This event also features three-on-three hockey as opposed to a traditional five-on-five style format. This has become a fan favorite, but it doesn’t exactly resemble traditional hockey that we see during the regular season.
It will be the Atlantic and Metropolitan facing off in one semifinal, and the Central and Pacific will meet up in the other.
Don’t Expect Much Defense
There were goalies and defensemen selected to the All-Star Game for each division, but don’t expect those players to have a big role in this event. If a defenseman is going to make a name for himself, then it will likely be because they were able to light the lamp.
The goalies are at a massive disadvantage in this game as they will likely be facing a breakaway opportunity all night long. Since this game is full of terrific offensive players, you can expect plenty of goals.
Pacific Division Tough to Stop
Now it’s time to take a look at which division will come out on top in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, and there are four teams with a lot of talent. It can be hard to determine which team will win this game because there is some luck and randomness involved.
In the Atlantic vs Metropolitan matchup, this game could actually come down to goaltending. Both rosters are full of offensive talent, including Auston Matthews for the Atlantic facing off against Alexander Ovechkin for the Metropolitan.
The best goaltender in the NHL is Andre Vasilevskiy, and he will be in net for the Atlantic Division. It shouldn’t be suprising to see the Atlantic move on to the final round because of the play from Vasilevskiy.
The matchup between the Central and Pacific should be a high-scoring affair as both rosters are full of offense. The Central Division features the stars from the Colorado Avalanche, but the Pacific counters with stars from the Oilers.
This will be the most entertaining matchup of the entire day, but the Pacific Division will pull ahead. The Pacific Division will continue that momentum into the final round as well as they blow past the Atlantic Division.