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Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, center, talks with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, second from left, and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) after the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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WATCH LIVE: 2016 NHL All-Star Game

Which team will win the $1 million Grand Prize? How will John Scott handle himself? Will Jaromir Jagr just idle toward the end because of fatigue?

Plenty of questions will be answered shortly during the NHL’s 3-on-3 All-Star tournament. You can watch it all unfold on NBCSN and stream it online via the link below.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering about the rules, check them out here.

Here are the rules for the NHL’s 3-on-3 All Star tournament

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) talks with, second from left to right, goalies Ben Bishop of Tampa Bay, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers,  and Braden Holtby (70) of the Washington Capitals during the shootout competition at the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Want to know how the 2016 NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament will work? Look no further.

  • It’s a three-game tournament, with the winner of the Metropolitan Division vs. Atlantic going up against the winner of the Pacific vs. Central in the final round. The East won the Skills Competition, so they elected to go first.
  • Six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies make up each 11-player team.
  • Each game is 20 minutes long, with two 10-minute periods. There’s a “hard whistle” after the first 10 minutes of each game to signify the end of a period, with teams switching sides.
  • Every goal will be subject to video review.
  • Power plays will be 4-on-3 on 5-on-3. In other words, as usual, there won’t be fewer than three players on the ice for either side.
  • In an interesting wrinkle, minor penalties will last one minute rather than two.
  • There will be the same officials for all games, with referees Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh alongside linesmen Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody.
  • The grand prize is $1 million, split between members of the winning team.

Got it? Good.

Shea Weber went all-out to win the hardest shot competition

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Heading into the hardest shot portion of Saturday’s fantastic Skills Competition, just about everyone put their money on Shea Weber winning it. Daniel Sedin said he’d wager his salary on as much.

(It probably helped peoples’ confidence that Zdeno Chara didn’t make the All-Star Game.)

Weber didn’t really approach it as a foregone conclusion, though.

He admitted that he was nervous heading into the event, and he used a stick that Sportsnet compared to a “crowbar” to unleash his near-record slapper.

NHL.com provided a behind the scenes (actually, behind the bench) take on the Skills Competition, and the flex of Weber’s stick sure seemed like the talk of the town. One of the best bits came fro Tyler Seguin:

Seguin comes over and starts talking about Weber and the upcoming Hardest Shot competition. He says he tried to flex Weber’s stick and he couldn’t even bend it a little.

“I put my whole body weight into it and I couldn’t do it,” Seguin says. “Either it’s that stiff, or he’s that strong. Or both.”

Weber went with a 130-flex stick, already up from his normal 122. Other All-Star defensemen didn’t even hit the 100 range, as Aaron Ekblad went from his normal 87 to 95. (This Hockey Flex Finder suggests a stick at 112 or so, although it’s plausible that Weber is one of those cases that break the scale.)

In a quick search, it’s difficult to come up with flex for Chara’s record-breaking stick, as flex wasn’t discussed in his case as much as how long the stick is.

Long story short? Weber definitely cared about winning the competition, and he’s crazy-strong.

Also, never mock someone who opts not to block his shot. Yikes.

Andrew Ference to fans: Thanks for screaming ‘Shoot!’

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Hockey fans are great, most of the time.

But not like any other group, there are those who make everyone look bad. You can usually spot them by a few habits:

  • Banging on the glass. Relentlessly.
  • Doing the wave (seriously, how is that still happening?).
  • Holding up a sign that makes it impossible for the fans behind them to see.
  • Uh, this.
  • Yelling “Shooooooooot.”

OK, sometimes there’s that little voice in all of us that says that.

It doesn’t make it any less obnoxious, and sidelined Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference poked fun at it in the video above for CBC’s “The Irrelevant Show.”

The sarcasm is great, and the well-time close-ups might be even better.

Last night’s Skills Competition might have been the height of players showing the lighter side of the sport (it is a game after all), but stuff like this never gets old.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering … no, this isn’t the most, um, flippant he’s ever been toward hockey fans.

Yeo’s woes: Why this year’s slump may be different for the Wild

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo argues a call in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Minnesota Wild fans have seen it before: the team hits a mid-season slump, only to bounce back and make the playoffs.

As of this writing, they’re only one point out of one of the West’s wild card spots, so it’s not like it’s that tough to imagine them bouncing back again.

That said, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo lays out an argument for why this season may be different, and it’s a pretty compelling one.

The past two years, injuries and goaltending woes caused the Wild’s stumble. General Manager Chuck Fletcher reacted with back-to-back goaltender acquisitions of Ilya Bryzgalov and (Devan) Dubnyk.

This season, the Wild’s healthy and goaltending has not been an issue. The problem is with the exception of recently heated-up Charlie Coyle, the Wild’s in a team-wide goal-scoring slump.

Russo also notes that Fletcher’s pattern of “rentals” might end heading into the Feb. 29 trade deadline, at least on the scale of splashy moves. They’ve spent many high draft picks looking for quick fixes in the past, and at some point, they’ll need to improve from within.

Looking beyond volume scoring, it’s not as if the Wild are lacking for bounces. They’re in the middle of the pack when it comes to their 7.33 shooting percentage, and their PDO even implies that they’ve been relatively lucky.

The Wild come out of the break with a challenging three-game road trip, and considering their mediocre 9-9-6 away record (versus a sparkling 14-8-3 home mark), this is a serious test for Minnesota.

And it may just be an indictment of head coach Mike Yeo.

They’ve passed previous tests when their necks – and maybe jobs – were on the line. Can they do it again?

More on the Wild’s woes

Zach Parise feels the heat

On their losing streak

Desperation time

Power play struggles frustrate head coach Mike Yeo