The Metropolitan Division goes for its third win in four years when many of the top players in hockey meet on Saturday for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The puck drops for the first game of the three-on-three tournament at 8:15 p.m. ET. For the fifth consecutive year, the NHL is showcasing a tourney-style event that pits division against division in two 20-minute mini-games, with the winners facing off in the final for a $1 million prize. The Metropolitan, which erupted for 10 goals in the final to win last year, meets the Atlantic in the first semifinal game, while the Central takes on the Pacific afterward in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game bracket.
In the latest 2020 NHL All-Star Game odds, sportsbooks list the Atlantic and Metropolitan at -112 (risk $112 to win $100) in the opener. The Pacific is a -125 favorite (risk $125 to win $100) in the second game, with the Central pegged at even money. The winners then battle for the cash prize that will be shared by the players on the victorious roster. Before locking in any 2020 NHL All-Star Game picks, see the predictions from SportsLine's No. 1 NHL expert, John Bollman.
Bollman combines MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background. In addition to his elite baseball mind, John's expertise carries over to the NHL. In fact, Bollman is on a 21-5 run that has returned his followers $1,515. He's nailed five straight NHL picks for SportsLine members.
Now, Bollman has studied the 2020 NHL All-Star Game bracket from every angle and released a confident pick that is available at SportsLine. Here are several NHL betting lines and trends for the NHL All-Star Game 2020:
- Metropolitan vs. Atlantic spread: Both sides are -112
- Central vs. Pacific spread: Central -125, Pacific -100
- MET: Pittsburgh D Kris Letang notched six goals and four assists in five previous All-Star Games
- ATL: Montreal D Shea Weber has yet to score a goal in six All-Star Game appearances
- CEN: Chicago RW Patrick Kane has played in eight All-Star Games, recording seven goals and 12 points
- PAC: Edmonton C Connor McDavid has averaged three points over his first three All-Star Games
Why the Central can win it all
Kane is not the only Central player with extensive All-Star experience. Tyler Seguin, who leads Dallas with 36 points, will be making his sixth overall appearance, fourth under this format, and has registered three goals and seven assists. Minnesota veteran Eric Staal also has played in five previous All-Star Games, collecting six goals and one assist. He won MVP honors in 2018.
Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, who will captain the Central as he makes his fourth All-Star appearance, enters the break third in the NHL in scoring with 72 points. The Central team also features a league-high four players from the host, and reigning Stanley Cup champion, St. Louis Blues, who also are represented by coach Craig Berube.
Why the Atlantic can win it all
The Atlantic has serious firepower on its roster, which includes two of the NHL's top five goal-scorers. Captain David Pastrnak of Boston tops the NHL with 37 tallies, including a league-best 16 on the power play, while Buffalo's Jack Eichel sits in fifth place with a career high-tying 28 goals.
Why the Pacific can win it all
The Pacific has a devastating one-two punch in Edmonton teammates McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who are first and second, respectively, in the league in scoring. McDavid, a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner and runner-up last season, leads the NHL with 76 points, while Draisaitl, who was kept off the scoresheet in last year's event, trails him by one.
How to make 2020 NHL All-Star Game picks
Bollman is not picking the Metro Division to win it all, noting the team has an awkward roster with just five forwards. "The Metro team also is missing key players in Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Artemi Panarin and Dougie Hamilton among others," Bollman told SportsLine.
Instead, Bollman believes one crucial X-factor will help another division win it all, making them a must-back. He sharing what it is, who to back in each semifinal, and who wins it all over at SportsLine.
So who wins the NHL All Star Game 2020? And what crucial X-factor makes one division a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to see which sides you should back in each semifinal Saturday night, and get Bollman's overall champion, all from the NHL handicapper on a 21-5 heater on his NHL picks.