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All-Star Game: East vs. West in an actual meaningful rivalry

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Will we get a tiny preview of SCF rivalries with this change to the ASG format?

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What are you doing on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31? If you live in the South like I do, it's likely you'll consider making the drive over to Nashville, Tennessee, to see the All-Star Game at the Bridgestone Arena. This year might prove to be even more exciting than usual, too, because the league is incredibly excited about playing with its new 3-on-3 toy.

ESPN reports via TSN's Bob McKenzie that the All-Star Game is going to have a different format this year. There will be a four-team mini playoff, followed by three separate 20 minute 3-on-3 games. The mini-playoff will have two teams from the East face each other, and the two teams from the West do the same. The winners will meet for three 20 minute 3-on-3 games.

Will there be the amazing drunken popularity contest that is the draft, with the losers getting the car? Nope. The players asked that the draft NOT take place, and since it'll be East vs. West, there could be some actual real rivalry a-brewing in this tiny preview of the SCF.

I, for one, am excited to see a little less pure b***s*** and a little more actual skill.

More ticket information is here:

Beginning June 2, Predators current and new full season-ticket holders will be given the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2016 NHL All-Star celebration. Interest-free payment plans are currently available for all season-ticket packages, with full-season packages starting as low as $15 per game and half-season packages beginning at $25. To order, visit nashvillepredators.com/seasons or contact a ticket representative at 615-770-7800.

Further details on the 2016 NHL® All-Star celebration, including additional ticket information, special events and television broadcast information will be released at a later date. To join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook, use the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.