The NHL debuted a refurbished All-Star Game format a year ago to rave reviews. Its brush with Hollywood in 2017 should bring more of the same.
Though there’s no John Scott this year, the NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition and four-team 3-on-3 tournament are largely unchanged, but there are a few tweaks.
The league announced it’s doing away with the fan-favorite breakaway challenge, hockey’s version of the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, but it will be replaced by a new event dubbed The Four-Line Challenge, in which players will try to hit targets from various distances around the ice, per Sportsnet .
The other new wrinkle to the weekend is the NHL’s reveal of its own much-hyped 100 greatest players of all time during a ceremony Jan. 27 at Microsoft Theater.
Across the street at Staples Center, the skills competition is set for Jan. 28 with the All-Star game to follow on Jan. 29.
Had you asked me a month and a half ago, I would have said Dubnyk without hesitation, but Bobrovsky made a late push and Dubnyk had a lousy finish.
Bobrovsky had just one regulation loss the entire month of March. That run included a seven-game winning streak and three straight shutouts.
On the flip side, Dubnyk went 3-9-2 in March and allowed two goals or more in nine straight games.
Voters won’t forget how dominant Dubnyk was earlier this season, but that brutal stretch could really cost him.
From a numbers standpoint, Bobrovsky led the league in save percentage (.935) and goals-against average (2.06) and was third in the league with 41 wins.