NHL All-Star Game

Hlw Guys, Welcome To The 63rd NHL midseason showcase at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The four divisions play a 3-on-3 tournament, with captains Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan, the 2017 winners); Steven Stamkos (Atlantic); P.K. Subban (Central) and Connor McDavid (Pacific).

“NHL All-Star” redirects here. It is not to be confused with NHL All-Star Team

The National Hockey League All-Star Game 2018 (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition ice hockey game that is traditionally held during the regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL), with many of the League’s star players playing against each other. The Game’s proceeds benefit the pension fund of the players.

Watch NHL All-Star Game 2018 Live Stream

The NHL All-Star Game, held in late January or early February, marks the symbolic halfway point in the regular season, though not the mathematical halfway point which, for most seasons, is usually one or two weeks earlier. Since 2007, it is held in late January.

On Sunday, hockey fans will get to watch the NHL All-Star Game 2018 live streaming online and televised game coverage. The league’s annual event will be the 63rd edition and hosted in Tampa, Florida, home of the league’s best team this season so far, the Lightning. The game will actually be a series of several games played between four teams comprised of the best stars from each division. Among the stars participating in the multiple games for the day will be Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, and Connor McDavid. Here’s the latest game preview, including matchup odds, start time, TV channel, and how to watch the 2018 NHL All-Star Game live streaming via online feeds.

On Saturday night, the NHL held the skills competition for its various players with ESPN reporting that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals won the “hardest shot title.” Ovechkin’s 101.3 mph shot was the best of the night and the only shot to get over the 100 mph speed level. Goalies, opponents, and even teammates will be bracing themselves for Ovechkin’s shots or passes on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid captured his second-straight “fastest skater” title, and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues won the passing challenge. These players and more will be featured amongst the 44 stars on the ice on Sunday for the All-Star Game tournament as well.

TAMPA — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman gave his All-Star state of the game message Saturday night before the skills competition.

Among the highlights:

On whether NHL players will eventually return to Olympics

“We find — the clubs find, the owners find — the Olympics are very disruptive on our season. For that and a whole host of other reasons we’ve gone over repeatedly for the last year or so, it didn’t make sense for us to attend. Could that circumstance change at some point in the future? I suppose so. But it’s not something we’re currently contemplating.”

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On goalie interference confusion

“We just had a meeting (senior executive vice-president of hockey operations) Colie Campbell put together with hockey operations and the officiating department. A couple of officials were there. There were coaches who happened to be in town, some general managers. When you say there is a bit of confusion, that’s right. Overall, the system works. But I think we’ve gotten to the point where everybody is overthinking the review. The intention is, particularly on a goaltender is, did we miss something? Not to search for something that might overturn the call. I think the consensus of the meeting was really we need to get a refresher to the officials –take a quick look but don’t search it to death.  The presumption should be the call on the ice was good unless you have a good reason. You shouldn’t have to search for a good reason.”

On Seattle’s potential expansion bid

Bettman confirmed that there was an expansion application coming, but he had no timetable for its review.

On whether more teams will be added to playoffs if league expands again

“I know there are lots of people who think we should put more teams in the playoffs. I’m not one of them. I think we have a  very meaningful, competitive regular season and I like it. If we were to add a 32nd team, not having given it a lot of thought — so I can only get myself into to trouble — I don’t think I’d be in favor of making any changes to the number of teams that make the playoffs.

San Jose will host 2019 All-Star Game

The Sharks last held the All-Star festivities in 1997 as a six-year-old franchise.  Now it will take place in San Jose again, this time on Jan. 25-27.

On potential eSports league

“Our goal is to unveil something before the end of the regular season, which would have a series of competitions using the EA game and we’ll have more details when we’re ready to launch.”

TRANSPORTATION NOTE: On Saturday, January 27th, downtown Tampa Bay hosts the Gasparilla Parade, which brings crowds of over 200,000 to downtown, and traffic will be extremely heavy. The NHL advises guests arriving that Saturday to do so prior to 11 A.M. Otherwise road closures may prevent you from accessing your hotel until after the parade’s conclusion. Click here for  Alternative Transportation information for Downtown Tampa


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