They say that good things come in threes and in the case of the NHL All-Star Game, the league discovered that good things come from three on three. The NHL switched to three-on-three play for its five-minute regular season overtime period in 2015-16 and it proved such a popular success with the league’s fan base that the NHL opted to go with a three-on-three tournament format for its 61st All-Star Game. The league’s four divisions – the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific – met in the tourney. [-]
The Pacific Division downed the Atlantic Division 1-0 in the final on a goal by Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, while the Ducks’ John Gibson and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings combined for 17 saves and that rarest of animals, an all-star game shutout.
The NHL has searched for a compelling NHL All-Star Game format almost since the birth of the game in 1947. For years, pitting the stars of the other five teams against the Stanley Cup champions of the season prior to the start of the regular season proved an interesting contest, as there was enough lingering bitterness in the six-team NHL to make the game a competitive affair.
Still, the NHL opted to tweak this format in 1951 by putting the NHL First Team All-Stars on one side and the Second Team on the other side, with both teams supplemented by players from all six NHL teams, but this would prove to be the first of many dud experiments and was quickly halted after two years and two uninspiring tie games.
They went back the original format and stayed with it through 1968, changing to an East vs. West gameplan following the 1967 expansion from six to 12 teams and early on, this proved stimulating, because the players on the six new teams were anxious to prove they belonged in the NHL.
As the years went on and formats altered, nothing took hold and grabbed the public’s attention, whether it was Campbell vs. Wales. numerous returns to East vs. West, or North America vs. the World.
Betting on the All Star game can be great fun, especially with the extraordinary skill on display. Take a look below so you know what the game odds are for the non-competitive exhibition.
You will find the NHL All-Star Game standings here, but really, how much does in matter who won past All-Star Games? [-]
Betting on the NHL All-Star Game is as big a crapshoot of a wager as you can make, so perhaps you’d be wiser to invest your time and money into some prop bets.
There are plenty of ways to take your chances here. Who will score the first goal? Who will be named MVP? Do you play the over or the under? The skills competition is another avenue where prop bets are aplenty, such as determining who will win the fastest skater or the hardest shot.
Since betting on the NHL All-Star Game is one of the more out-there wagers a hockey bettor can make, maybe your best bet is to take some flyers with your wagering. Consider the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. Was there a better story in hockey than the unlikely selection of former Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott to the game via fan ballotting? But would anyone have wagered that Scott would score two goals and garner the new car as the All-Star Game MVP?
Likewise, would anyone have speculated that a rookie, Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, would not only win the fastest skater competition, but would also shatter Mike Gartner’s long-standing record for the event?
One of the more curious attempts to drive interest in the NHL All-Star Game was to turn the event into a real-life fantasy sports competition, picking two NHL stars to draft teams from the pool of available players. With scores of 11-10, 12-9 and 17-12, the three-year experiment didn’t make the game any more competitive, but it did create an interesting wagering opportunity to bet on which NHL star would be the last chosen by his peers.
The unlucky trio included Phil Kessel (2011), Logan Couture (2012) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2015).