2023 NHL All-Star Game Picks: Central and Atlantic Divisions Favored

  • What: 2023 NHL All-Star Game
  • Date Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN+, ABC

The 2023 NHL All-Star weekend takes place on February 3 and 4 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, which plays home to the Florida Panthers. The NHL All-Star Skills competition goes down on Friday, while the All-Star games take place on Saturday.

As has been the case over the past several years, each NHL division has its own All-Star team, which plays in a 3-on-3 format. In the first game, which takes place at 3 p.m. ET, the Central Division faces the Pacific Division. At 4 p.m. ET, the Metro Division matches up against the Atlantic Division. The winners of those games move on to play each other at 5 p.m. ET. In 2022, the Central Division defeated the Atlantic by a score of 8-5 and the Metropolitan Division downed the Pacific, 6-4. In the Final, the Metro beat the Central 5-3.

Before we look at the betting breakdown for the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.

NHL All-Star Game 2023: Central vs. Pacific picks

TeamsBetOnline ReviewBovadaBetUS Review
Central Division-115-120-115
Pacific Division-105EVEN-105

Central Division vs. Pacific Division breakdown

The Pacific Division goaltending is a concern in the first matchup of the 2023 NHL All-Star Game. The Pacific has Stuart Skinner and Logan Thompson in net. Skinner is No. 27 in goals against (2.92) and Thompson is 16th with a GAA of 2.69. As for save percentage, Skinner checks in at No. 14 at .914, while Thompson is 16th at .913. The Central Division goalies are Connor Hellebuyck and Juuse Saros, who are both in the top 10 in SV % and top 20 in GAA.

The player to watch on offense in this game, is Connor McDavid, who leads the league in goals with 41 in 50 games. The 3-on-3 format will open the ice for the generational talent and that could be a problem for the Central Division. McDavid is second in the NHL in 2023 in assists with  51. The Pacific also has McDavid’s Edmonton teammate, Leon Draisaitl, who has 29 goals and 47 assists.

The Central’s top goal scorers are Mikko Rantanen with 31 and Jason Robertson with 30.

Best bet to win Central Division vs. Pacific Division NHL All-Star Game: Pacific Division.

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NHL All-Star Game 2023: Metropolitan vs. Atlantic picks

TeamsBetOnline ReviewBovadaBetUS Review
Metroplitan Division+113+110EVEN
Atlantic Division-125-130-120

Metropolitan vs. Atlantic breakdown

If you’re looking for a deep team, look no further than the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic is stocked with skaters who should adapt well to the open ice of the 3-on-3 format. The team has Mitch Marner, David Pastrnak, Alex Barkov, Nikita Kucherov, and the Tkachuk brothers. In addition to potent offense, the Atlantic has two excellent goalies in Linus Ullmark and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Metropolitan Division could surprise the Atlantic with players like Sidney Crosby, Johnny Gaudreau, Jack Hughes, Alex Ovechkin, Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox, but I think the goaltending tandem of Igor Shesterkin and  Ilya Sorokin will struggle against the Atlantic Division.

Best bet to win the Metro Division vs. Atlantic Division NHL All-Star Game: Atlantic Division.

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2023 NHL All-Star Game Final picks

I expect the Atlantic Division will meet the Pacific Division in the Final. The one thing that might hurt the Atlantic is that they will have to play back-to-back games. However, I think they will overcome that issue and walk away with a win over the Pacific.

Best bet to win the 2023 NHL All-Star Game: Atlantic Division.

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