2022 NHL All-Star Game Best Bets Preview
The 2022 NHL-Star Game is set and will happen on February 5, 2022, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, home of the Vegas Golden Knights.
The NHL All-Star Game, for the sixth consecutive year, will deploy its 3-on-3 format with four teams representing each of the four divisions in a single-elimination tournament.
Each team will have a captain which was voted on by fans from December 11, 2021, to January 8, 2022, and the announcements came in on January 13.
The final tally made Alexander Ovechkin, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, and Connor McDavid of the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central, and Central Divisions, respectively, captains.
However, due to injury, MacKinnon and Ovechkin will not be playing.
NHL All-Star Game Betting Picks
Odds for the NHL All-Star Game are hard to come by, however, Sports Interaction (SIA) offers lines for multiple different categories.
Here, we will look at the odds for the winners of each matchup, including the NHL All-Star Game MVP.
All odds are courtesy of Sports Interaction.
Metropolitan vs. Atlantic: Atlantic (1.72)
As mentioned, Ovechkin will miss the NHL All-Star Game will not play due to COVID protocols. Additionally, Mika Zibanejad replaced Jake Guentzel for “personal reasons” and Evgeny Kuznetsov replaced Adam Fox due to injury.
The Atlantic Division is fully healthy other than Brady Tkachuk replacing Drake Batherson due to injury.
The problem for the Metropolitan team, though, is that, simply put, there is just way more talent on the Atlantic side, including Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Dylan Larkin, Steven Stamkos, and more.
Not to mention, the Atlantic Divison will have the reigning Conn Smythe winner Andrei Wasilevskiy in the net. The total in this one is set at 13.5 goals and the Atlantic Division should account for at least eight of those goals.
With this being an All-Star Game, the guys are not going to go full-on in this one, and the talent will win out here.
To beat Metropolitan
Central vs. Pacific: Pacific (1.83)
Like the Metropolitan Division, the Central will be without their captain in MacKinnon who is dealing with a broken nose and concussion. The Central is not in nearly as dire straights as the Metropolitan Division but will rely heavily on Cale Makar and Kirill Kaprizov. Conversely, the Pacific has a ridiculous amount of talent, including McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau, Troy Terry, John Gibson, Leon Draisaitl, and more.
Remember, the All-Star Game is a 3-on-3 competition, so McDavid and Draisaitl alone are just not going to be anything the Central will be able to counter.
Gibson, the Pacific Division’s goaltender, is coming off an injury recently, so we could see this total go over, but once again, I’m not betting against a McDavid and Draisaitl tandem in 3-on-3 competition.
NHL All-Star Game MVP: Connor McDavid (5.04)
Although he is the favourite at Sports Interaction, 5.04 are odds that I will take. With Draisaitl alongside him, McDavid is going to shine and probably drop more than three goals against the goaltending tandem of Juuse Saros and Cam Talbot.
The 25-year-old phenom McDavid has 23 goals on the season with 37 assists, accumulating 60 points across 157 shots. His shooting percentage may be down compared to his career average (14.6% from 15.1%), but he is in a prime position to shine against a MacDavid-less Central squad that will need to be carried by Makar and Kaprizov
To be the MVP
How To Bet On The NHL All-Star Game?
Finding odds on the NHL All-Star Game was sadly not as easy as you’d hope, but as always, Sports Interaction always has odds for every possible contest. Prior to the All-Star Game, Sports Interaction also hosted odds for the Skills Competition, too.
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