One Devil. A lot of movie references. This is your 2017 NHL All-Star Game post.
The Time: 3:30 PM ET for the first game, 4:30 PM ET for the second game
The Broadcast: TV – NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
The Matchups: This is a tournament of 3-on-3 hockey between all four division teams. The Atlantic Division won the All-Star Skills Competition. Therefore, these are your match-ups.
The Pacific Division vs. the Central Division will go on first at 3:30 PM ET.
The Metropolitan Division vs. the Atlantic Division will go on second at 4:30 PM ET.
The winners of each game will play each other to win the weekend. Presumably, this would be at 5:30 PM ET.
The Roster: Taylor Hall is the only one representing the New Jersey Devils in this year’s tournament. He is on the Metropolitan Division squad, which features the following players:
Forwards: Sidney Crosby (captain), Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Cam Atkinson (replacing an injured Evgeni Malkin), and Wayne Simmonds
Defensemen: Seth Jones, Ryan McDonagh, Justin Faulk
Goalies: Braden Holtby, Sergei Bobrovsky
Nobody sticks out like a sore thumb like the Ranger, so there’s that. Hall has been New Jersey’s best forward and arguably their best skater.
While this game (or games) is just an exhibition, Hall should fit right in this format. New Jersey has played a lot of 3-on-3 hockey this season. They’re third in the NHL in 3-on-3 ice time according to Corsica. So Hall should know as well as anyone when to jump up, when to bail out on a play, and when not to stay out there too long. It also helps that no one is playing today right after a full regulation game.
The Goal: Have some laughs. Don’t get hurt. Win if you can, but fun is a must. Just enjoy the day!
The Song of the Afternoon: One of my favorite movies of all time is The Warriors. Here’s the opening theme, composed by Barry De Vorzon.
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