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HERTL, DRAISAITL LEAD PACIFIC DIVISION TO ALL-STAR WIN
After each netting a hat trick in their semifinal game against the Central Division, Leon Draisaitl (4-2—6 in 2 GP) and Tomas Hertl (5-0—5 in 2 GP) both scored again in the final to propel the Pacific Division to its third All-Star Game title under the 3-on-3 format – the most of any division. 

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Open Post- 2020 NHL All-Star Game

Watch on NBC, Sportsnet, CBC or TVA at 8:00pm ET.

via the NHL PR department,

The brightest stars from around the League will hit the ice for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday which will see a return of the 3-on-3 tournament format, the same used for each of the past four seasons.

* Each game during Saturday’s All-Star tournament will be 20 minutes in length with teams changing ends at the 10-minute mark of each contest. Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided in a shootout.

* The winners of each semifinal game will meet in the final to determine the overall tournament champion with a prize pool of $1 million to be paid in its entirety to the tournament’s winning team.

* The first semifinal is an Eastern Conference showdown pitting the Atlantic Division, who have more goals in 2019-20 than any of the four teams participating on Saturday led by Boston’s David Pastrnak (37 goals) and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (28 goals), against a Metropolitan Division squad that features Washington’s John Carlson, who leads all defensemen and ranks 10th overall in League scoring with 13-47—60 this season. Carlson’s teammate and St. Louis fan-favorite T.J. Oshie will also represent the Metropolitan Division.

Below, feel free to comment on tonight's action.

Also, NBCSports.com & the NBC Sports app will have a digital-only broadcast with new puck & player tracking technology.

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Video- Welcome To St. Louis

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Award-winning actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm explains the mindset of truly exceptional actors and athletes before the 2020 NHL All Star Game.

 

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Evening Line- Larry Brooks

Mike Babcock has just disappeared, hasn’t he? And it is a wonder that the league is still playing games without the input from one of the people who couldn’t wait to tell you how he invented it.

Oh, sorry, I might have gotten Babcock mixed up with Dan Bylsma.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post.  Read on for more hockey topics from Brooks.

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It’s That Time Of The Year - Rumors Galore

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- League executives insist the Ducks, preparing for a full rebuild, want to be busy at the deadline and they’re open to just about any possibility, including taking bad contracts in exchange for prospects and picks. The belief is Murray isn’t willing to trade just anybody on his roster, but he’s certainly open for talks on several fronts.

A look at the roster indicates the options of moving players out may be limited because the Ducks have several with term on their deals. Contenders don’t want term at this time of year, which is why unrestricted free agents are attractive options, but if Murray is serious about taking bad contracts for picks, then that’s where the Ducks may have leverage.

- There are a lot of teams looking for help up front and the belief is the Boston Bruins would make a hard push for Kreider if the decision is made to deal him. Teams believe this will be a last-minute deal because Gorton isn’t in a hurry.

- The Bruins aren’t the only team looking for scoring help; the Calgary Flames, Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues would all like to add forward depth before the post-season. One option for all the teams involved would be Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli...

- The Kings are looking to move blueliner Alec Martinez. He has one year left with a cap hit of $4 million so that won’t be an easy task for GM Rob Blake.

more on most of the above plus additional teams and names...

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Short Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- It’s not easy figuring out Matthews. He loves to play the part of celebrity. He thrives to be noticed with his moustache and his distinguished all-star clothing. And yet too often, he treats his daily interview sessions with a somewhat sense of disdain. He’s trying to be a personality, but he’s just not smooth enough to stay on brand every day.

-  Gary Bettman is very comfortable, in his words, not going to the Olympics. Never mind what the fans and his players want. Why would the commissioner care about that?

- If the Leafs miss the playoffs, there will be plenty of blame to pass around, starting with general manager Kyle Dubas, who waited too long before firing Mike Babcock and has yet to provide his team with reasonable backup goaltending. If the Leafs are three to five points out at the end, which isn’t impossible, that’s points they missed out because of stubbornness re: goaltending and salary-cap mismanagement.

a few more

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Video- The Best From The NHL All-Stars Skills Competition

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Watch the best moments from 2020 NHL All Star Skills competition including Jordan Binnington, Team Canada's win, the return of Blues legends and many more memorable moments.

 

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NHL Short Notes

WEBER WINS ANOTHER HARDEST SHOT IN FRONT OF 7x-WINNER MACINNIS

With Blues legend and seven-time Hardest Shot winner Al MacInnis watching on after turning back the clock with a wooden stick, Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber was clocked at 106.5 mph to win the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot.



* It marked the fourth time Weber has won the Hardest Shot event, with only MacInnis (7) and Zdeno Chara (5) owning more titles. Additionally, Weber accounts for six of the 10 hardest shots on record in the history of NHL All-Star Skills.

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The 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend Will Be Hosted By The Florida Panthers

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 24, 2020) – The Florida Panthers will host the 2021 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the National Hockey League® announced today. The League’s midseason showcase will include the NHL All-Star Skills ™ on Friday, Jan. 29 and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 30.

“We are excited to bring the NHL’s midseason showcase for the best and brightest stars from around the League to the home of the Florida Panthers and South Florida hockey fans,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Next year’s Honda NHL All-Star Weekend promises to be an incredible celebration of our game and everything South Florida has to offer.”

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Video- Saves Of The Week

183 seconds to completion.

 

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