NHL Picks: Finding Value in NHL All Star Game Money Line

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, January 25, 2015 1:46 PM GMT

Our NHL consultant examines the All-Star game today, and concludes his preview article with an opinion pick on one of the sides.

NHL All-Star Classic
The NHL All-Star Game takes place today at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with the opening faceoff slated for 5:05 PM ET. This year’s format involved a draft of the players chosen by designated captains Jonathan Toews and Nick Foligno. According to the NHL odds at sportsbook.ag, Team Toews is a -115 money line favorite, and the posted total is 21.0.

 

The Rosters

Team Toews

Position

Team Foligno

Corey Crawford (Chicago)

G

Carey Price (Montreal)

Roberto Luongo (Florida)

G

Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh)

Jaroslav Halak (New York Islanders)

G

Brian Elliott (St. Louis)

Shea Weber (Nashville)

D

Duncan Keith (Chicago)

Brent Seabrook (Chicago)

D

Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)

Aaron Ekblad (Florida)

D

Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg)

Ryan Suter (Minnesota)

D

Brent Burns (San Jose)

Mark Giordano (Calgary)

D

Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis)

Justin Faulk (Carolina)

D

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona)

Jonathan Toews (Chicago; Captain)

F

Nick Foligno (Columbus; Captain)

Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia)

F

Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles)

Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars)

F

Ryan Johansen (Columbus)

Rick Nash (New York Rangers)

F

Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay)

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim)

F

Phil Kessel (Toronto)

John Tavares (New York Islanders)

F

Patrick Kane (Chicago)

Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis)

F

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia)

Patrice Bergeron (Boston)

F

Bobby Ryan (Ottawa)

Patrick Elias (New Jersey)

F

Radim Vrbata (Vancouver)

Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay)

F

Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo)

Mike Hoffman (Ottawa)

F

Alex Ovechkin (Washington)

Filip Forsberg (Nashville)

F

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton)

 

 

Picking a Side
Whether we’re talking about the NHL, NFL, NBA, or MLB; picking a side in an all-star game is an absolute crap shoot. I will offer you strictly an opinion without any type of foundational handicapping principles factored in. Claiming that I have a method to my madness when picking an all star game would be an insult to your intelligence, and quite frankly is a very good way to deplete my credibility. If you’re going to make a wager on this contest today, air on the side of caution by being ultra conservative.

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Goaltending Edge
If all else fails then start with the goaltenders on both sides. Both teams have three goaltenders on their roster that will each play one period. Since these contests rarely have any sort of physicality displayed, in addition to virtually no emphasis on tight checking or defensive detail, the collective goaltending of one of the teams usually plays a key role in the outcome. I’m giving the edge to the Team Foligno trio of Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Brian Elliot; over the triumvirate of Cory Crawford, Roberto Luongo, and Jaroslav Halak. Based solely on that factor, I’m going to have the tiniest of leans on Team Foligno when making my NHL pick today.

Free NHL Pick: Team Foligno +105 over Team Toews