The NHL All Star Game is a lot of things. Chief among them is predicatable. There will be lots of shots on goal, lots of goals,pretty passing, and no more than four minutes between goals. Here are a few of the things you won’t see:
10: Perfectly delivered hip checks.
9: 100+ mph slapshots
8: A goalie MVP
7: Three penalties in the same period.
6: Battles along the boards.
5: A double digit blocked shot total
4: 35 minutes from any defenseman (or as they’re properly termed in this event the fourth and fifth forwards).
3: Creases being cleared out.
2: An opportunity for the announcers to say “what a hit by…”
1: Line brawls.