The 2023 NHL All-Star weekend is upon us. The Colorado Avalanche will represent the Central division very well with the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar. For Makar, it will be his fifth All-Star appearance. Rantanen and Makar will make their second appearance each.
Rantanen is tied for third in the whole NHL with 34 goals on the season and 10th with 61 points. MacKinnon is tied with several players across the league with 54 points. For Makar, he is tied with several players in terms of points (45), good for 52nd place.
It will be so much fun to see these three players in these games. MacKinnon recently reached 700 points for his career. It would not be shocking if he had a multi-point game.
Let’s check out who your Colorado Avalanche stars will be meeting with in the All-Star games:
All-Star Weekend Rosters
Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearances)
F Sidney Crosby, PIT (5th)
F Johnny Gaudreau, CBJ (7th)
F Kevin Hayes, PHI (1st)
F Jack Hughes, NJD (2nd)
F Brock Nelson, NYI (1st)
F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (8th)
F Artemi Panarin, NYR (1st)*
F Andrei Svechnikov, CAR (1st)
D Adam Fox, NYR (1st)*
G Igor Shesterkin, NYR (1st)
G Ilya Sorokin, NYI (1st)*
Atlantic Division (All-Star appearances)
F Aleksander Barkov (2nd)+
F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (4th)
F Dylan Larkin, DET (3rd)
F Mitchell Marner, TOR (2nd)
F David Pastrnak, BOS (3rd)*
F Nick Suzuki, MTL (2nd)
F Tage Thompson, BUF (1st)
F Brady Tkachuk, OTT (3rd)
F Matthew Tkachuk, FLA (2nd)
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (4th)*
G Linus Ullmark, BOS (1st)
+ replaced TOR F Auston Matthews (injury)
Central Division (All-Star appearances)
F Kirill Kaprizov, MIN (2nd)
F Clayton Keller, ARI (3rd)
F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (5th)*
F Mikko Rantanen, COL (2nd)*
F Jason Robertson, DAL (1st)
F Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (4th)
D Seth Jones, CHI (4th)
D Cale Makar, COL (2nd)
D Josh Morrissey, WPG (1st)
G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (3rd)*
G Juuse Saros, NSH (2nd)
Pacific Division (All-Star appearances)
F Leon Draisaitl, EDM (4th)*
F Kevin Fiala, LAK (1st)
F Bo Horvat, VAN (2nd)*
F Nazem Kadri, CGY (2nd)
F Connor McDavid, EDM (6th)
F Elias Pettersson, VAN (3rd)
F Chandler Stephenson, VGK (1st)
F Troy Terry, ANA (2nd)
D Erik Karlsson, SJS (7th)
G Stuart Skinner, EDM (1st)*
G Logan Thompson, VGK (1st)
+ replaced SEA F Matty Beniers (injury)
* – selected in All-Star Fan Vote
Among the participants is former Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri. While it hurt to watch Kadri leave in free agency, it’s so cool that he’s continuing where he left off…just in another city and another team.
All-Star Weekend schedule:
The Central division, in which the Avalanche are in, play the Pacific division on Saturday, February 4th, at 1PM ET. The Avalanche have actually just recently played an early game, beating the St. Louis Blues 4-2 including an empty net goal.
The Metropolitan division plays the Atlantic Division at 3PM ET.
The events the All-Stars will participate in are as follows:
Pitch ‘n Puck
How to Watch 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend:
You can catch the 2023 NHL All-Star game on ESPN+ and ABC (Sportsnet and CBC (English), TVA Sports (French) in Canada). The skills competition will be available on ESPN (Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French) in Canada).
The Colorado Avalanche will get back to playing their own schedule on February 7th when the head to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins.