Earth vs. the Universe

The NHL is going back to an East vs. West All-Star game format, abandoning the North America vs. The World format that always sounded a little overly paranoid to me.
This is a good move, though. Not that the All-Star game is a big deal, and not that anyone plays hard in it, but I don’t think you should have teammates playing against each other. You know they won’t risk injuring a teammate, so the whole game becomes even more of a farce. And it always seemed vaguely creepy to organize players by their ethnicity. What’s the difference between that and having a black vs. white All-Star game?