The NHL100 festivities celebrating the greatest players are over, the skills competition has done its thing, now All-Star weekend concludes Sunday with a round-robin three-on-three tournament with the squads representing all four divisions.
Since the Atlantic won last night’s skills competition, they got to pick their time slot and opponent. They chose their Eastern Conference siblings, the Metropolitan Division (with New York Islanders center John Tavares), and the later time slot.
That means if they win, they play right away again in the final rather than sitting around watching the Central vs. Pacific game.
How to Watch
All-Star Tournament Semifinal #1
Central vs. Pacific, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT
All-Star Tournament Semifinal #2
Atlantic vs. Metropolitan, 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT
All-Star Tournament Final
[Winner of Central vs. Pacific] vs. [Winner of Atlantic vs Metropolitan] 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT
How It Goes
If you missed last year’s event, the first year where they used three-on-three, it does make for more real competition. Sure, 3-on-3 isn’t exactly hockey as we know it in a structured format, but the skills and thinking involved sure are.
At nhl.com, some of the players elaborated:
"You can look really foolish if you don't give it a hundred percent out there," said Drew Doughty, a member of the Pacific Division team. "You can't hide on the ice at 3-on-3, so you're going to have to be giving it the whole time and that causes us to play hard and put on a good show for the fans and the NHL."
And this: No floating around:
"You have to go back and forth, back and forth and you have to play with your guy," said Washington Capitals captain and Metropolitan Division forward Alex Ovechkin, who did not play in Nashville last season because of an injury. "It's not like circling around, [having] fun and smiling. You have to work."
P.K. Subban (Captain)
Connor McDavid (Captain)
Sidney Crosby (Captain)
Carey Price (Captain)
James van Riemsdyk
Frans NielsenShea Weber