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Betting Odds and Prediction- NHL All Star Game

Sun, Jan 30, 3:13pm by Kevin Pitstock

Choosing up sides became an instant success for the National Hockey League for this event. For the first time ever they appointed captains and gave them a list of players to choose from and they made teams. Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom went on national television and choose their teams. Staal won the puck flip and immediately choose Cam Ward from the Carolina Hurricanes. The crowd at the event were pleased as this game will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the RBC Center. Lidstrom went for offense and chose Steven Stamkos for his team. Let’s review the teams and then we can make a prediction and look at the odds.

Team Staal

His goalies for this event are Cam Ward, Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price. These are good picks but they are not goal stoppers. At Center he acquired Ovechkin who is a complete player and can offensively carry a team. Some other notables are Daniel Sedin and Eric’s brother, Marc Staal. Chris Letang and Mark Green will be the defensive stalwarts for this team. Looking at the team there is no real scorers on it. All complete players in their own right but no star power. This will be the home team and likely get the fan support with 3 members of the Hurricane on the squad.

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Team Lidstrom

He will after players that show they can score. Even his defensemen have the ability to score a puck. On his team is Duncan Keith and Dustin Byfuglien to man the defensive spots. Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews is a high scoring forward and Henrik Sedin and Shea Weber round out the good selections. Goalies are 3 of the top 6 in goals saved. They are Marc-Andre Fleury, Tim Thomas and Jonas Hiller. Hiller may be the hottest goalie in the league.

Our Pick and Prediction

Nicklas Lidstrom knew what he was doing. He may have remembered his playground days of picking a team to win. They have the advantage at every position on the ice with the exception of right wingers. Who knows if they will play hard. Will they play to win or just have fun? That is the joy of an All Star Game. It won’t matter in this. The odds courtesy of Sportsbet has Team Lidstrom at -106 for Moneyline. Team Lidstrom wins this by at least on goal.

Our pick: Bet Team Lidstrom -106

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