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2018 NHL All-Star Game Preview

Pietrangelo and Schenn are up first.

2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition - Accuracy Shooting Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

This afternoon, the 2018 NHL All-Star Game begins at 2:30 Central, and you better turn your TVs to NBC early.

Why?

Because the Central vs. Pacific game is first.

The All-Star Game has maintained its round-robin format, with the winner of the competition getting a million bucks to split between the players. If the Central loses to the Pacific, Brayden Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo’s All-Star experience comes to an early close.

And that would be a shame. Said Pietrangelo:

“You try and soak it in as much as you can because you never know if you’re going to get the opportunity [again].”

Hopefully the Blues captain will get another chance, but I have a feeling that he’ll make today’s opportunity count.

Pietrangelo and Schenn will be sharing the Central Division bench with an impressive group, and also Patrick Kane:

  • Patrick Kane Blackhawks F
  • Nathan MacKinnon Avalanche F
  • Brayden Schenn Blues F
  • Tyler Seguin Stars F
  • Eric Staal Wild F
  • Blake Wheeler Jets F
  • John Klingberg Stars D
  • Alex Pietrangelo Blues D
  • P.K. Subban (C) Predators D
  • Connor Hellebuyck Jets G
  • Pekka Rinne Predators G

I don’t know about you guys, but I am absolutely here for a chance to see Pietrangelo and Subban together on the ice. MacKinnon and Schenn? Yes, please.

The full rosters are available here. It’s ok to already feel sorry for whoever has to deal with an Ovechkin-Crosby-Giroux line.

Check back closer to game time for the All-Star GameDay Thread.