The 2016 NHL All-Star Game kicks off late this afternoon in Nashville. This year the format has been changed to a mini-tournament of 20 minute 3-on-3 hockey games, pitting divisions against at each other. The Atlantic division team will play against the Metropolitan team, then the Central division team will play the Pacific team. The winners of each game will face off for a final championship game.
Coverage on CBC kicks off at 5:00PM EST.
NBCSN has a pre-game show beginning at 4:30PM.
Game rosters are in our preview here.
The start time of the games will be staggered about one hour apart. Allowing for opening montages, commercials, and intermissions, expect the actual games to start at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15.
This year for the first time you can watch on NHL Gamecentre Live. You can access the matches on the schedule, like you do for a regular game. They will be archived so you can watch the games later if you can't catch the live broadcast.
The teams are indeed competing for a $1,000,000 prize.