Tonight, for the first time since 1988, the NHL All-Star Game is being hosted by St. Louis. Thirty two years ago, Mario Lemieux netted six points in a traditional style Campbell vs. Wales battle. Now, the NHL has a decidedly different format for their All-Star Game. It’s a three game, 3-on-3 tournament, with the rounds’ winning teams squaring off in a winner takes all game of open-ice shinny.
The Central Division has won just one of these 3-on-3 matchups, which has been disappointing since this is the fourth time this style of game has been played. It was introduced in 2016 at the Nashville All-Star Game, and has been successful with the open ice allowing more space and flow, and more of an opportunity for goal-scorers to show off. Since the introduction of the new 3-on-3 game, the Central Division has been outscored 28 to 21.
Maybe if Chief rolls out an all-St. Louis lineup to start the game tonight, the division can get some oomph going. The hosting division hasn’t won one yet.
This is your All-Star Game Day Thread. Comment like you don’t want to wait 32 years for the next one.
Let’s do this. Let’s Go Blues.