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2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

All-Star Game's 3-on-3 format will challenge goalies

Friday, 01.29.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL All-Star Game never really has been kind to goaltenders.

With all the focus on skill, speed and scoring, and little emphasis on backchecking and defense, high-scoring games are the norm. So what can the guys charged with keeping pucks out of the net expect from the new 3-on-3 format being used Sunday in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)? With even more time and space, how will goalies approach this?

"Just survive," Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said with a laugh. "When you think about 3-on-3 with all the best players, there's not going to be a lot of defending to help the goalie. So you just try to have fun with it."

Poile proposes Ruff put four Predators on ice together

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 9:12 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators general manager David Poile doesn't typically like to meddle in the coach's business, but he had a suggestion for Lindy Ruff, who will coach the Central Division in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"He has an opportunity in a 3-on-3 format to put four players from one team all on the ice at the same time," Poile said. "Maybe he should try that."

Ruff, the Dallas Stars coach, has that opportunity now because Predators forward James Neal was added to the Central Division roster as a replacement for Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on Thursday. Neal joins Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and defensemen Roman Josi and Shea Weber on the Central Division team.

NHL, Nashville kick off All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 8:52 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- Set on a concert series stage erected on Demonbreun Street across from the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum and surrounded by buildings and land that were nothing more than parking lots when the Nashville Predators opened for business 18 years ago, the NHL and the city of Nashville officially kicked off 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend on Thursday in a manner befitting the style and culture in this city.

The festivities kicked off with a guitar being handed out as a gift, a free live concert from a local band that's made it big and one of country music's biggest stars on stage to introduce them.

"What an incredible setup, what an incredible beginning to All-Star Weekend," said NHL Commissioner Bettman, who received the guitar from Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. "The planning that the city of Nashville with the Predators and the local organizing committee and Bridgestone have done is nothing short of phenomenal. People are going to be thrilled to be part of this weekend."

Bure eager to see creativity, skill of All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:40 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend


Pavel Bure is excited about the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). He says he can't wait to see the new 3-on-3 format in action.

"The NHL always tries to be creative and changes things around when it comes to the All-Star Game," Bure said in his latest blog on NHL.com/ru. "The League wants to make sure that the fans enjoy watching it."

Fan Fair provides perfect start to All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:24 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NASHVILLE -- The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend started Thursday with the opening of the 2016 NHL Fan Fair presented by Bridgestone at the Music City Center, a state-of-the-art exhibit hall across the street from Bridgestone Arena, the site of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fan Fair is a 250,000-square-foot festival of all things hockey. It features dozens of attractions, exhibits, activities and experiences that appeal to fans of all ages and will run from Thursday to Sunday.

"For us it is more than the weekend," Predators president and CEO Sean Henry said. "The celebration started when we announced the game 18 months ago and really picked up when we opened the outdoor rink [across the street]. And now, today, we really begin to have the fun."

NHL to host second annual 'Mascot Showdown'

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 1:44 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Hockey League will host the second annual NHL Mascot Showdown™ featuring all 26 NHL Mascots™ during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville, Jan. 28-31. Thirteen Western Conference Mascots, led by the Nashville's own Gnash™, will face 13 Eastern Conference Mascots, led by Columbus Blue Jackets' Stinger™, in four days of friendly but fierce competition, including an all-mascot NHL All-Star Game prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at Bridgestone Arena.

The NHL Mascot Showdown™ is one of the most anticipated events at 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone inside Music City Center. All 26 NHL Mascots™ (not every NHL team has its own mascot) will showcase their hockey skills and athletic prowess, offering family-friendly fun for fans of all ages. NHL in-arena host Mike Todd will handle play-by-play duties for each event. Select young fans in attendance will be able to take part in the warm up and stretching session prior to each planned event.

All-Star Weekend to show Nashville's hockey passion

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 11:15 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators know they play in a nontraditional hockey market, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

The passion for hockey always has been there in Nashville, and it will be on display at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and at different events during All-Star Weekend.

Nashville has had a hockey fandom even if the popularity and a deep understanding of the history of the game wasn't always prevalent.

Kuznetsov, Neal added to All-Star Game rosters

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 10:12 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend


Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal were added Thursday to the rosters for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division team.

Neal replaces Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on the Central Division roster.

New York Islanders center John Tavares has been named captain of the Metropolitan Division team in place of Ovechkin.

Youth hockey tournament key part of All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 10:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

Zach Jackson, the hockey coordinator at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tenn., wanted to figure out a way to involve the growing local youth hockey movement into the celebrations surrounding the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game this weekend.

"Basically, the All-Star Game is a way to celebrate hockey in general and here in Nashville," Jackson said. "The All-Star Game is for the kids. They love seeing all of their guys in one place showing off their skills, and we wanted to tap into that."

There was no better way than to have a youth hockey tournament at the Ford Ice Center with the Nashville Junior Predators as the host team.

"It's a cool way to bring everybody together here during the weekend so they can enjoy the All-Star Game while giving some high-level teams some pretty good competition," Jackson said. "For us, it is a great opportunity to bring youth hockey teams into Nashville and build on that Smashville name that the city has built for itself."

Pekka Rinne's All-Star guide to Nashville

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Pekka Rinne - Special to NHL.com

Nashville has grown so much, even since I came to the city in 2008. It's not just the amount of people but the buildings; there is something coming up all the time either downtown or new neighborhoods popping up in new spots.

Even from the time I was there in the Gulch District, there was really nothing going on. Now, that area is really blooming and booming with restaurants and other stuff. The 12 South area and East Nashville is a really trendy spot nowadays, so I just feel like it's been cool to see that the city has grown so much.

Whenever I have my family and friends in town, obviously Broadway is a must-see. It's close to Bridgestone Arena, so it's easy and convenient after the game. Everyone knows about Broadway. You can go there and see a bunch of different bars and all kinds of music. There's always good music playing and a lot of live bands. It's a really cool atmosphere, really laid back. People are super friendly.

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