LOS ANGELES - The stage is set for the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, a 3-on-3 inter-divisional tournament, and Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and the Metropolitan Division will face off with the Atlantic Division in the second semifinal on Sunday afternoon.
After winning the Skills Competition on Saturday night, the Atlantic Division selected its opponent and game time. The Central and Pacific Divisions will square off in the first match, the victor of that facing the winner of the Eastern Conference match-up in the final with bragging rights and $1 million prize money on the line.
"We're the best, right? That's the answer," Faulk said when asked why the Metro Division would win the tournament. "I think we have a good group with Crosby and Ovechkin and those guys. They can probably just do it themselves. Hopefully we can bring a good effort out there and maybe not lose the first game like we did last year."
Though the Metropolitan Division fell 4-3 to the Atlantic in the first game of last year's All-Star tournament, Faulk logged an assist on the goal that put his squad up 2-1 at the time.
Going in to year two of the tournament, he knows more what to expect and is preparing accordingly.
"Grab dinner. Get a great night's sleep, probably 8-10 hours. Warm up in the gym tomorrow morning before I get on the ice. All those things that are attributed to being a professional hockey player. No days off," Faulk joked after the Skills Competition. "Maybe some pre-scout. I'll see if Huffer can send me some clips."
The All-Star Game will be broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. EST.