NHL Predictions: Which division will win NHL All-Star Game? 1/28/18

This is the same team that is one of the best teams in the league on home with a 17-4-4 record.

Consider the nightly rotations a mere warm-up for a post-season that could feature a handful of teams who missed the playoffs previous year. As a result of this injury, Oshie was absent for the next six games for Washington, giving the Caps a huge blow, as one of their best scorers was sidelined for some important games.

Then he made a great play in the defensive zone, chipping the puck past Aleksander Barkov before pushing the puck up to Gaudreau who went five-hole. Ovechkin reached 98.8 on his first attempt, meaning he already had a slight advantage before lining up for his final strike.

"Any time you get a little break, you want to come back and really be on top of your game because from now on, it's only going to get harder", Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne said. Not bad for a couple days of fun with the best players in the National Hockey League: who are also his peers.

"As a player, you have a pretty good idea. You feel for him because he really should be representing us". Just have fun and smile, and that's what I did.

Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia during training camp but was able to make a rather miraculous return to the ice in October. He's been a key part of the defensive unit, and played great in Ellis' absence. Another notable name who just got added to the Atlantic Division All-Star team, Brayden Point, has produced fantastically for his age.

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Naturally, it could be worse for the Flyers - they could be shut out entirely. Let's figure it out!

Before Green's second goal, Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau, who assisted on Boeser's goal, used a spin move to score off an assist from Boeser.

A few things to unpack here. It looks like it matters to the players. Defense is basically non-existent in All-Star Games, leaving goalies hung out to dry and forced to make spectacular saves if any at all. There is an extreme difference in the penalty kill, however. "There's a lot more skill there". Buffalo's Jack Eichel scored the tie-breaking goal at 16:40, while Brayden Point (Tampa Bay), Auston Matthews (Toronto) and Brad Marchand (Boston) also tallied. Fortunately, they've regained a bit of that scoring magic, and still have plenty of games to show off their talent. That certainly happened on Thursday because as Boudreau accurately pointed out after the game it seemed as if the Penguins were getting an odd-man rush on every shift. With the expansion fee rising from the $500 million Las Vegas paid to get in to $650 million, the league reportedly promised the same rules for the expansion draft - which has led the Golden Knights to being the second-best team in the league more than halfway through.

  • Carolyn Briggs