The NHL All-Star festivities of 2024 have kicked off with the Thrill of Thursday bringing us an All-Star Draft and PWHL Showcase, while Friday showcased an electric Skills Competition with Connor McDavid rewarding himself with a million-dollar bonus. Now, it’s time for the games. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for us this afternoon!
The 2024 NHL All-Star Game will comprise three separate games – two opening-round games, and a final between the winners. This 3-on-3 format will feature shorter lengths, with two 10-minute halves, and if tied after regulation, games will proceed straight to a shootout. The all-star game will be held on February 3rd at 3:00 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, with streaming available on Sportsnet+. The favourite to win is Team Matthews & Team McDavid with odds of +260.
The games are scheduled as follows:
3:00 p.m. EST – Team MacKinnon vs. Team McDavid
4:00 p.m. EST – Team Hughes vs. Team Matthews
5:00 p.m. EST – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
The four teams were chosen via a draft on Thursday night, with captains and alternate captains already assigned. Each team also has a celebrity co-captain. The final round of picks were randomized to make the selection. There was no last pick unlike previous years’ drafts, with Trocheck, Hertl, Bjorkstrand, and Vatrano being selected randomly.
Picking a winner is difficult due to the all-star nature of the event. Team Hughes is estimated to have the best odds of victory, projected by Dom Luszczyszyn, who has considered each player’s potential and impact at 3-on-3. Team MacKinnon, however, could be the frontrunner if taken seriously, for its open-ice magic in the past and the deadly threats of MacKinnon and Makar.
Overall, the 2024 NHL All-Star Game promises an exhibition of the league’s best talent. Whether it will lead to a serious competition or a lighthearted event remains to be seen, but fans can be sure to witness a showcase of the league’s top performers.