What to look for in the 3-on-3
Today’s events consists of the three games listed above. Based on the success of the five-minute three-on-three overtime the NHL has used this season, the league decided to incorporate those thrills into a 20-minute game using the format. Some are concerned that 20 minutes on three-on-three is too much and that the players will be exhausted. Others remind the players will not be playing a 60-minute game before the three-on-three session like what happens in regular season games. One of these theories will prevail today, that may be the only thing certain.
Each team has it’s strengths which we will highlight here.
Many people are impressed with the Central Division team which has three of the NHL’s leading scorers in Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Central also has four players from host Nashville on their squad which will help pump at the volume.
From the Pacific Division, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau is an 3-on-3 demon for the Flames and his speed could be the difference maker for his Division. Some renegade fans mounted a successful campaign for nice guy enforcer John Scott to play in the game, mostly as a joke to see how a fringe player with size could compete in a 3-on-3 game with the NHL’s elite talent. Today we’ll find out.
For the Metropolitan Division playing without Alexander Ovechkin would be considered a burden if he wasn’t replaced by his teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is fourth in NHL scoring with 49 points in his second full NHL season. With proven game breakers like Evgeny Malkin of the Penguins and Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom. They also have the option of Brandon Holtby in goal.
Defense would seem to be the strength of the Atlantic Division as the group’s top two goalies, Roberto Luongo of Florida and Ben Bishop of Tampa Bay are good choices in net. Second-year defenseman Aaron Ekblad of Florida and PK Subban of Montreal are exceptional blueliners and thrive in any situation. Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron are dangerous wingers. Jagr may end up having less of an impact than we would like because he doesn’t get a lot of use in 3-on-3 when Florida goes into overtime. This could be a significant factor in there not being a storybood ending for the legend in this game.
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Subban scores as boyhood hero Jagr in breakaway challenge…
The legend approves:
Jagr found some time to pose with PK Subban and also talked about the Traveling Jagrs team picture on his facebook page. Reading all the comments, many from the Czech Republic would take hours.
“I called my mother and said I didn’t know I had a brother”. Jaromir Jagr on Pk Subban
“For me, it’s a huge honor for that five minutes I was Jaromir Jagr. It’s pretty cool.” – P.K. Subban
Jagr said that maybe Subban could join his traveling Jagr fans (-
Harvey had that comment and a lot more in his article discussing Subban as Jagr:
PK talked about his winning effort in this video shared by the Canadiens:
USA TODAY writes what the hard core Jagr fanatics already know…