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NHL All-Star Game: All you need to know

The NHL's 2023 All-Star game will take place at FLA LIVE Arena in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday February 4th.

The exhibition event, which has been an official league tradition since 1947, marks the symbolic mid-point of the season and celebrates the league's top stars and coaches.

It will be the second time that the All-Star Game has visited South Florida, having previously been there in 2003.

What2023 NHL All-Star Game
WhereFLA LIVE Arena, Sunrise, Florida
When15:00, Saturday February 4th
How to watchABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVA 
OddsN/A

To begin the NHL hockey operations department have selected one player from each of the 32 NHL teams to play in the All-Star event and then, under a new voting format, fans have been able to vote for the 12 other players, made up of two skaters and one goalie per division who will be announced on 19th January.

Format of the All-Star game

The format has changed over the years and more recently has actually turned into a mini tournament.

The players are split up into four teams by division, the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Pacific and Central.

Whichever division's team wins the All-Star Skills Competition the evening before then gets to pick which other team they play in a semi-final, and the winners of the two semi-finals then meet in a final.

Each game is played over 20 minutes in a three-on-three format. Each team consists of nine skaters and two goalies.

The All-Star skills competition features a hardest shot competition, fastest skater and accuracy shooting.

Impressive coaches selected

With the best points percentage in their respective divisions at the midpoint of the NHL season, Jim Montgomery of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes (Metropolitan), Peter DeBoer of the Dallas Stars (Central) and Bruce Cassidy of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) have been selected as the All-Star coaches.

Montgomery's Bruins lead all NHL teams with a stunning 34-5-4 record and he is -150 to Win The Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Brind'Amour's Hurricanes are eight points behind the Bruins in the overall standings and he is +1100 to Win The Jack Adams Award for a second time.

Cassidy replaced DeBoer as Vegas coach in the off-season after he was fired for Montgomery in Boston. DeBoer took over from Rick Bowness in Dallas and the pair are +1400 to Win The Jack Adams Award after impressive starts with their new clubs.

First-time selections

Within the NHL hockey operations selections, Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers), Linus Ullmark (Boston Bruins) and Logan Thompson (Vegas Golden Knights) are first time goalies and Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets) is a debut blue-liner.

On the forward lines, Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars), Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes), Kevin Hayes (Philadelphia Flyers), Brock Nelson  (New York Islanders), Tage Thompson (Buffalo Sabres) and Kevin Fiala (Los Angeles Kings) are new All-Stars.

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Shesterkin is the current holder of the Vezina Trophy as goalie of the year, but he faces stiff competition to hold onto it, particularly from Ullmark, who has a league leading .936 save percentage and 1.92 goals against average. Ullmark is +150 to Win The Vezina Trophy and Shesterkin +800.

Vegas' netminder Thompson is +900 to Win The Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the season but he will need to do a lot in the second half of the campaign to take it away from Seattle Kraken's Matty Beniers who has been a revelation in the new franchises transformation and is -140 to win the award.

Returning stars

Matthew Tkachuk, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade from Calgary Flames by the Panthers in the off-season, will represent the home team after scoring 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 41 games so far this season. Tkachuk's invitation will mark his second appearance, following his selection in 2019/20.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will be playing in his eighth All-Star Game, the most among active NHL players. The 37-year-old, who is aiming to catch Wayne Gretzky's all-time goal scoring record, recently scored his 30th goal of the season and is tied with Mark Gartner for most 30-goal seasons in NHL history with 17.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Johnny Gaudreau will each be playing their seventh while Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was selected for the sixth straight time.

The 32-year-old Karlsson has rolled back the years this season and leads all defensemen in goals, assists and points. He is +400 to Win The James Norrish Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best blue-liner which is currently held by Colorado Avalanche's Cale Makar (+180 to win it again).

Makar also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs during Colorado's run to the Stanley Cup last season and he will appear in his second All-Star game.

McDavid is the star of All-Stars and, for a fifth time in his eight season NHL career, is leading the race to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top point scorer.

The Oilers captain has 83 points (37 goals, 46 assists) in 45 games and he is -300 to Win The Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player for a third time.

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