NHL All-Star Game 2016: Dylan Larkin and Atlantic All-Stars face tough task in 3-on-3 tourney

Today is the All-Star Game... well it's not exactly a game so much as it's a three-game mini tournament for the best division in the NHL. Starting at 4pm today, the two Eastern Conference All-Star Teams will face off head-to-head in a 20 minute 3-on-3 game. At the ten-minute mark both teams will switch sides. After the champion of the East is decided, the Pacific and Central divisions will face off to see which one will play the East winner in the final game. The winning team will take home $1M to split between them.

The East chose to go first last night after dominating the West in the Skills Competition, highlighted by Dylan Larkin's record-breaking speed run around the rink.

Let's take a look at the teams:

The Alantic

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Patrice Bergeron Aaron Ekblad Roberto Luongo
Jaromir Jagr Erik Karlsson Ben Bishop
Leo Komarov PK Subban
Dylan Larkin
Ryan O'Reilly
Steven Stamkos

Strengths: Solid two-way centers dominate this lineup with two of the best offensive defensemen in the entire game. Speed is going to kill here

Weaknesses: While Roberto Luongo is made for this kind of game, goaltending is always a wild-card factor in a 3-on-3. Also Leo Komarov.

The Metropolitan

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Nicklas Backstrom Justin Faulk Braden Holtby
Claude Giroux Kris Letang Cory Schneider
Evgeny Kuznetsov Ryan McDonagh
Evgeni Malkin
Brandon Saad
John Tavares

Strengths: The Metro has good size and great hands on their forward corps, as well as two blazing defensemen and an amazing goalie.

Weaknesses: I know I'm throwing stones from the glass house of the Atlantic division, but I'm not sold on the defensemen's capabilities of actually playing defense.

The Central

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Jamie Benn Dustin Byfuglien Devan Dubnyk
Matt Duchene Roman Josi Pekka Rinne
[redacted] Shea Weber
James Neal
Tyler Seguin
Vladimir Tarasenko

Strengths: Probably the tournament favorite with the overall skill throughout this lineup. The Central is a powerhouse division and they've got speed, size, and hands here.

Weaknesses: Pekka Rinne is the worst goalie in the All-Star game

The Pacific

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Johnny Gaudreau Brent Burns John Gibson
Taylor Hall Drew Doughty Jonathan Quick
Joe Pavelski Mark Giordano
Corey Perry
John Scott
Daniel Sedin

Strengths: Big shots on the back end with speed and vision on the front side. This team can snipe.

Weaknesses: The story is great, but the hockey talent of John Scott compared to everybody else is low. How much will that hurt this team?


I think the Atlantic squeaks past the Metro in a game that's surprisingly low-scoring and the Central beats the Pacific easily. For the final, I predict Dylan Larkin scores a hatty and is named the MVP in the Atlantic's win. Also I'm a Red Wings fan and very biased.

What are your thoughts? It's today's open thread for the games. Have fun!

Which team wins the All-Star tourney?