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Today on NBCSN: The 2012 NHL All-Star Game

Jan 29, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

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It’s finally here. The NHL All-Star Game between Team Alfredsson and Team Chara drops the puck in Ottawa this afternoon (4:00 p.m. ET) and while it’s just an exhibition and the guys are out there to do their part to light up each other’s goalies, there are some curious juxtapositions in this game.

Team Alfredsson is made up of all the Swedish All-Stars. Daniel Alfredsson captaining the team with Henrik Lundqvist as the assistant managed to pick up Alex Edler, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Erik Karlsson.

This also means that Team Alfredsson has all the Vancouver Canucks in today’s game on their team. Comparing that with Team Chara captained by Zdeno Chara who also drafted his Bruins teammates Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas to his side and you have a the whole Bruins-Canucks rivalry at hand. If this game were played like a playoff game, there’d be enough fire there to make sure no one tuned out.

As it is we’ll have to hope to see maybe the Sedins work some magic around Thomas or perhaps see Chara throw a bodycheck on Edler. With checking being practically forbidden, any hit would be enough to cause a stir. If all that isn’t enough drama for you, perhaps seeing Phil Kessel being coached by Claude Julien one more time is enough to get you excited.

As for the guys that will take the worst of it in the game, the goalies are ready to be shelled. Team Chara rolls with Thomas, Canadiens goalie Carey Price, and Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard. Team Alfredsson will try to hold things down with Lundqvist, Kings star Jonathan Quick, and Blues starter Brian Elliott.

For what it’s worth, Bovada Sports (formerly Bodog) has the over/under on goals scored in this game at 19.5 — Keep in mind that last year’s game ended up 11-10 win for Team Lidstrom over Team Staal and the 2009 All-Star Game was a 12-11 win for the East over the West.

Streaking: Team Chara starting goalie Tim Thomas has been the winning goalie in the last three All-Star Games. Should Team Chara get ahead while he’s in the game, Thomas will have a shot at making it four in a row. It’s a bit of a silly stat, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

See also: Breaking down Team Alfredsson and Team Chara’s lineups.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I’D SOONER WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNEL …

    These pampered millionaires are seriously misguided if they think that just their mere presence is enough to make people tune in. I for one “will not” be watching this contrived charade today, just as I don’t watch the Pro Bowl or NBA All Star games. No tears however, as even the NHL has a faction of “sheep” who can always be counted on for support. A far more convincing formula would have been the old one, where the defending Stanley Cup champion takes on a team off selected all stars. What they’re doing today is essentially garbage and anyone who watches this game is not an advocate for truth and sincerity.

    ps: a far more compelling format would have been for the Sisters to take on Ovechkin and his new boyfriends in a WWF-style battle royal !

    • nhlbruins90 - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Yikes! Lighten up a bit. Sure, it’s a bunch of millionaires schmoozing for the weekend, but it has its place in the scheme of things.

      I’d watch that Ovechkin vs. the Sisters match too, and my money is definitely on Ovi and his new BFF’s.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    CBC

  3. bigbadbruins1968 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    YAWN!!! Wake me up Tuesday when the regular season resumes.

  4. 7mega7 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Does NBC really believe that jerking and swinging the camera makes it easier for Americans to follow the skills competition?
    When will the tards at NBC learn how to cover hockey?
    I’ll take CBC anytime!

  5. finfan88shark - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Best thing about this game, is that it is over. No more exhibition games now until Sep

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