NHL All Star Game Odds: Team Lidstrom vs Staal – NHL Picks

Written by Brock Lanning   
Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:41
Team Staal are betting favorites in 2011 NHL All Star Game odds and Vegas picks vs Team Lidstrom on Versus.

Along with the 2011 Pro Bowl, Sunday will feature another big league affair with the 2011 NHL All Star Game taking place from RBC Center in Raleigh, NC with a telecast on Versus scheduled to start at 4:10pm EST. This year the format is not East vs West but rather Team Lidstrom and Team Staal as captains Nicolas Lidstrom and Eric Staal literally drafted their teams, school yard/pond hockey style on Friday. Online sportsbooks have opened NHL All Star game odds with both teams at even money (-110) and an over/under hockey betting total of 16.5 (-110). The puck line at sportsbooks favors Team Staal -1.5 (+200) in Vegas NHL picks vs Team Lidstrom +1.5 (-240).

Carolina’s Cam Ward, a goaltender, was the first pack as his teammate Eric Staal appealed to team and home town loyalty with that selection. Staal simply added that Ward is a tremendous goalie and that they won a Stanley Cup together so why not win in 2011 NHL All Star game odds? Interestingly enough both Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals did not get picked right away in the schoolyard type draft. Ovechkin went to Team Staal as a number 3 pick and Crosby went very late because of missing the festivities due to the after effects of a concussion injury that he suffered.

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Toronto’s Phil Kessel had the “distinction” of being the proverbial nerd on the playground as he was the last player “chosen” and went to Team Staal. The Vancouver Canucks super star identical twin tandem of Henrik and Daniel Sedin split up for the first time as Henrik went to Team Lidstrom and Daniel to Team Staal. There was also the Brotherly Love factor as Staal jacked around and delayed picking his brother Marc after the younger brother threatened to cut off any future Christmas Presents. Despite the new format, the fact remains that 2011 NHL All Star Game odds reflect how much the event will be a light contact affair and almost always features an overload of goal scoring which is why the NHL betting total is set at 16.5.

Vegas NHL Picks – 2011 All Star Game Odds: Team Lidstom -110

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