Stars: 3-On-3 All-Star Game Fuels Excitement


The NHL recently announced a 3-on-3 tournament for the All-Star game and the Stars have the perfect trio for the event.

The Dallas Stars are off to the best start in franchise history and they can thank their star players for their high-quality play.

Last season, we saw forward Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin along with defenseman John Klingberg form an instant chemistry whenever they were on the ice together. They loved to score goals and help each other score goals. That hasn’t changed this season and with new weapons like Patrick Sharp, the trio is better than ever.

They all currently have over 20 points and rank in the top-10 in total points for the season with Klingberg as the only defenseman in the top-15 with such stats.

We’ve seen them compete together in both of the Stars’ overtime games this season and we’ve seen them win both of them. Other combinations have been tried but just haven’t had the same amount of quality chances. That’s why Benn and Klingberg have both OT game-winners.

The point being made is that this trio, which is the core of the Stars team, is arguably the best and most productive trio in the league, and it’s going to get a chance to really shine come All-Star Weekend in January.

The NHL just announced that they will be changing the format of the All-Star game altogether for this season. The following is taken straight from and it accurately describes how things will go down:

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"“The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Wednesday that the All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament comprised of three 20-minute games played by divisional all-star teams competing for a winner-take-all $1 million prize”."

The article later goes on to explain that the fans will vote for a team captain from each division. There will be four teams of three players each that play through the periods. The Central and Pacific divisons will face each other as well as the Metropolitan and Atlantic. The winner of both of those games will determine the final game to be played for $1 million.

With these new rules, it’s obvious that the NHL took notice of the rising intensity that goes on during 3-on-3 overtime. Games this season have been featuring fast-paced hockey usually resulting in plenty of breakaways and fast goals which keeps the fans on the edge of their seats.

You would almost have to believe that the Stars will be the feature team in the Central division, especially if they keep playing the way they have been lately. That would certainly be fun for fans and it would give the rest of the NHL a chance to get to know the Stars a little better since they aren’t used to being in the spotlight.

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Overall, the NHL made a great decision to mix things up this year. The energy brought about by these new rules will get the fans more involved and interested and should create a lot more action instead of teams just trading goals with the same group of players.