2023 NHL All-Star Skills: Players, Events, Odds, Picks, & Best Bets

2023 NHL All-Star Skills: Players, Events, Odds, Picks, & Best Bets

All eyes will be on Sunrise, Florida tonight for the NHL All-Star Skills Competition! Well, some eyes will be watching… a few, maybe? Nevertheless, All-Star Weekend is a great opportunity for the NHL to grow the game — even if that opportunity is missed at times — and it provides us with some fun moments and events. It also gives us a chance to make some cold hard cash if we’re smart.

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2023 NHL All-Star Skills: Players, Events, Odds, & Picks

Time, TV, How To Watch

Date: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 7 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN, ESPN+, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Location: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL


2023 NHL All-Star Skills Events

•   Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™

•   Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™

•   Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™

•   Enterprise NHL Splash Shot™

•   Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

•   Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™

•   GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™


2023 NHL All-Star Skills Players

Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™

Participants
Kevin Fiala, LAK
Dylan Larkin, DET
Kirill Kaprizov, MIN
Cale Makar, COL
Chandler Stephenson, VGK
Andrei Svechnikov, CAR

Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™

Participants
Celebrity goaltender: Roberto Luongo
Mitchell Marner, TOR
Alex Ovechkin, WSH/Sidney Crosby, PIT (teaming up)
David Pastrnak, BOS
Matthew Tkachuk, FLA

Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™

Eight goaltenders will participate in this event, with one goalie from each division designated the shooting goalie and one the in-net goalie. The shooting goalies will earn points based on the accuracy of their shots at the net, and the in-net goalies will face rushes of three, two or one player(s), based on the number of points earned by the shooting goalie in their tandem.

Participants
Shooters: Alex Carpenter, Hilary Knight, Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
Juuse Saros, NSH
Igor Shesterkin, NYR
Stuart Skinner, EDM
Ilya Sorokin, NYI
Logan Thompson, VGK
Linus Ullmark, BOS
Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL

Enterprise NHL Splash Shot™

Competition takes place on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ocean spray, breeze and sand add to the challenge of this exceptional Skills event, as four pairs of players fire at targets to attempt to dunk their opponents.

Participants
Sidney Crosby, PIT
Nathan MacKinnon, COL
Mikko Rantanen, COL
Cale Makar, COL
Igor Shesterkin, NYR
Adam Fox, NYR
Brady Tkachuk, OTT
Matthew Tkachuk, FLA

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Participants
Aleksander Barkov, FLA
Leon Draisaitl, EDM
Kevin Hayes, PHI
Jack Hughes, NJD
Nazem Kadri, CGY
Nikita Kucherov, TBL
Connor McDavid, EDM
Brock Nelson, NYI
Artemi Panarin, NYR
Vladimir Tarasenko, STL

Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™

Using a combination of hockey and golf shots, four NHL All-Stars will play a par 4 featuring an island green. Lowest score wins the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck.

Participants
Johnny Gaudreau, CBJ
Clayton Keller, ARI
Jason Robertson, DAL
Nick Suzuki, MTL

GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™

Participants
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
Seth Jones, CHI
Josh Morrissey, WPG
Alex Ovechkin, WSH
Elias Pettersson, VAN


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2023 NHL All-Star Skills Odds

Fastest Skater

  • Dylan Larkin +250
  • Chandler Stephenson +300
  • Cale Makar +320
  • Kirill Karpizov +500
  • Andrei Svechnikov +600

Accuracy Shooting

  • Connor McDavid +500
  • Nikita Kucherov +600
  • Leon Draisaitl +600
  • Aleksander Barkov +650
  • Jack Hughes +700
  • Artemi Panarin +700
  • Vladimir Tarasenko +900
  • Nazem Kadri +900
  • Kevin Hayes +1100
  • Brock Nelson +1100

Hardest Shot

  • Alex Ovechkin +300
  • Rasmus Dahlin +350
  • Seth Jones +380
  • Josh Morrissey +400
  • Elias Pettersson +400

2023 NHL All-Star Skills Picks

Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™

Cale Makar and Dylan Larkin look to be the favorites here. Makar is one of the fastest young defensemen in the game and Larkin already won the competition in 2016.

Given the odds, I’m leaning to Makar at +320 but will shop around before placing a bet. I wouldn’t hate a sprinkle on either of the last two at 5/1 and 6/1 as well.

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Sebastian Aho, who is known more for his passing ability than his shot, won this competition last year with a perfect performance in 10.9 seconds. This competition is usually a bit more wide open as anyone can have a good heat and steal it. I’ll be eyeing up smaller bets on a longshot or two here.

Hayes and Nelson at 11/1? Sure, why not. Hughes, Panarin, and Tarasenko are also worth a look.

GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™

With no Victor Hedman in the field, Alex Ovechkin should be the favorite in this one. He topped out at 101.3 mph to win the event in 2018.

Ovechkin +300. Book it.


2023 NHL All-Star Skills Best Bets

Fastest Skater

  • Makar +275 1U
  • Larkin +250 1U

Hardest Shot

  • Ovi +275 1U
  • Pettersson +270 1U

Accuracy Shooting

  • Hughes +500 .5U
  • Panarin +800 .5U
  • Tarasenko +800 .5U
  • Hayes, Nelson, Kadri +1200 each .2U free bets
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