NHL All Star Game-Team Toews vs. Team Foligno - 1/25/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Team Foligno at Team Toews
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Team Foligno -110 / Team Toews +100 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 2014-15 NHL All Star Game features a battle between Team Toews and Team Foligno on Sunday.
The NHL All Star game has gone through several changes as the league is continually trying to not only make it an exciting event but also an evenly matched contest. This year Jonathan Toews and Nick Foligno were chosen to 'draft' players of their choice regardless of what country or team they are from. Which is the stronger team is open to debate and basically a matter of opinion as there is enormous talent on both sides including between the pipes. Obviously plenty of goals are expected and that won't change despite the new format meaning the only defense that we'll see is when a goalie records a save. Expect a track meet on ice as this will be end to end action with defensemen sneaking up the ice attempting to get in the scoring column.
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With the respective netminders often left alone the individual talent combining with the best the game has to offer at every position reminds me of the shootout format with no defense except the man with the puck and the goalie trying to keep the puck out of the net. There is no sense naming who is playing because the list is too long but the top five for Team Toews are Toews himself, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, Jakub Voracek and John Tavares while the trio of Corey Crawford, Jaroslav Halak and Roberto Luongo man the nets. Nick Foligno turned to Ryan Johansen, Anze Kopitar, Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux with Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price and Brian in goal. Who has the edge is also open for debate with arguably the most talent of any major sport involved in what many thing is the most exciting as well.
In my view there doesn't seem to be much of an advantage for either team but Team Toews might have a bit more firepower which I admit is the very definition of splitting hairs. However there will be very little hitting and checking going on and few players willing to block shots which should translate in to wide open ice and plenty of scoring opportunities. If the ice is wide open and there is no worry about getting crushed in to the boards I have to back the team I feel has the slight edge in talent and simply hope somebody stops a few pucks along the way...