The NHL All-Star Game 2016 live stream online and TV coverage schedule picks up Sunday evening as the Eastern and Western Conference stars will battle it out for bragging rights. However, this year’s format will feature a different style on the ice, with 3-on-3 teams facing off in two semifinals games first. It’s the Metropolitan vs. Atlantic divisions and then the Pacific vs. Central divisions with the two winning teams meeting for the East vs. West finals. Which of these squads will take home all the glory on the ice? Sunday’s 2016 NHL All-Star Game live streaming and televised coverage from Nashville will be hosted by NBC Sports around the nation.
According to ESPN.com in their Jan. 30 report, controversy is already a part of this game with the fans voting in enforcer John Scott as a starter. Scott recently said he was contacted by someone at the league who tried to talk him out of making an appearance in the game, noting they asked him “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?” He said that incident made up his mind to play in the new 3-on-3 format game on Sunday, saying “I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won’t — be proud of me for.” Scott will serve as the captain for the Pacific team and is joined by stars such as goalie Jonathan Quick of the Kings, Joe Pavelski of the Sharks, and John Gibson of the Ducks.
Their opponents, Team Central will feature Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane as the captain, joining players such as Shea Weber of the Predators, Tyler Sequin of the Stars and goalie Pekka Rinne of the home team Predators. On the Atlantic team, Panthers star Jaromir Jagr is the captain and joins goalie Roberto Luongo, along with Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins, Ben Bishop of the Lightning and the man recently dubbed “fastest skater in the league,” Dylan Larkin of the Red Wings. Metropolitan Division is captained by John Tavares of the Islanders and joined by goalie Cory Schneider, as well as Blue Jackets star Brandon Saad and Penguins star, Evgeni Malkin, among others. Each team has a total of 11 players, along with a head coach and celebrity coach.
Odds are listed at various sports books for the two semifinal matchups. In the first of them, the Metropolitan team is anywhere from -125 to -135 at various books as the favorite, while their opponents, the Atlantic team are +110 or +115 underdogs. The goals total is a hefty 14-1/2 combined goals for the game. In the second semifinals matchup, the Central team is a -135 to -145 favorite over the Pacific team which is listed between +115 and +125. The goals total for this matchup is also 14-1/2 combined goals for the complete game.
Sunday’s first NHL All-Star Game featuring the Metropolitan vs. Atlantic divisions will get started at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, with the Pacific vs. Central game starting at 6 p.m. ET. The two winning teams compete in the East vs. West finals at 7 p.m. ET, with each of these games scheduled to go 20 minutes. Live television coverage of all three games is available on the NBC Sports Network for United States viewers. Cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. can also log into the NBC Sports Live Extra website or available apps for live streaming online coverage of the game. For live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscribers may have coverage available on channel 91 or on any applicable NHL channels, although no official coverage is listed.