Today concludes the NHL All Star Game weekend! Are you excited? No? Well, here's the basics of what you need to know for today's event: the NHL All Star Game.
Cory Schneider is the lone representative of the New Jersey Devils. This is his first appearance in the NHL All Star Game. Let's repeat the same case for why he's here. Among all goaltenders who have appeared in at least twenty games this season, Schneider has the seventh best overall save percentage in the entire NHL with 92.9%. Schneider rates even higher in even strength save percentage. His 94.3% is the third best in the league; he trails Connor Hellebucyk and James Reimer - two goalies who haven't played nearly as many games as Schneider (43). While I still have to agree with CJ that the Vezina isn't likely, he's definitely a part of that conversation. His importance to the Devils, though, cannot be emphasized enough - trophy consideration or no trophy consideration. And so, let's follow Schneider before returns to play Games That Matter.
The Time: 5:00 PM EST
The Broadcast: TV - NBC SN, Sportsnet, TVA
The Team Schneider is On: The Metropolitan Division.
The Teammates of Schneider for This Weekend: Per NHL.com: It's Nicklas Backstrom (Washington), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia),
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), Brandon Saad (Columbus), John Tavares (Islanders), Justin Faulk (Carolina), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh), Ryan McDonagh (Rangers), and Braden Holtby (Washington)
The Format: So this All-Star Game is really three games in a short tournament. The Atlantic Division will play the Metropolitan Division at 5 PM EST. The Pacific Division will play the Central Division at 6 PM EST. The winners will play each other at 7 PM EST. Games will be twenty minutes long, with the teams stopping at the ten minute mark to switch sides. All three games will be played in a 3-on-3 situation. Ties after twenty minutes will go to a shootout.
The Prize: The winning team will split a $1 million prize pool. So every player will average about $90,909 each. Incentive? I suppose.
The Goal: There are three objectives for Schneider remain the same as yesterday: Don't get hurt, have some fun, and don't get hurt. Winning is secondary.
Your Job: Use the comments to talk about the NHL All Star Game tonight. All site rules apply as usual. This will close on Sunday for the All Star Game open post.