- The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills competition takes place Friday night (January 24, 8:00 pm EST) in St. Louis
- The competition features two new events: The NHL Shooting Stars and the Elite Women’s 3-on-3
- Connor McDavid has claimed the Fastest skater title in three straight years
NHL All-Star weekend is upon us, and the most entertaining event of the festivities goes down Friday night on January 24, at 8:00 pm EST in St. Louis. This year’s NHL All-Star Skills competition features two new events; the Shooting Stars and Elite Women’s 3-on-3, along with other staples like the Save Streak, Accuracy Shooting, Hardest Shot and Fastest Skater.
Speaking of speed, Connor McDavid, the reigning three-time Fastest Skater champion is back to defend his crown, and to no one’s surprise is a massive favorite to take home the title again.
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Fastest Skater Odds
All odds taken on Jan. 24
McDavid has won this event every time he’s entered. In two of the past three years, he’s put up two of the three fastest times ever recorded, falling just 0.14 seconds behind Dylan Larkin’s record in 2017.
Third year in a row…McDavid is fastest skater.pic.twitter.com/Obd2dZ0bDu
— NHL Nosebleed (@NHL_Nosebleed) January 26, 2019
Unfortunately, McDavid is such an overwhelming favorite that his odds offer no value. Jack Eichel at +450 is a different story. The Sabres captain came within two-tenths of a second of beating McDavid last year, and with rumors swirling that McDavid’s knee may not be 100-percent, this could be the year that Oilers star is dethroned.
Pick: Eichel (+450)
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Accuracy Shooting Odds
2019 champ David Pastrnak is participating in the Shooting Stars event instead, and none of this year’s participants have any history at this event. That being said, Mark Scheifele did win Winnipeg’s accuracy shooting contest when the Jets held their team skills competition in November.
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) December 8, 2019
His time in that event would have ranked second in the 2019 All-Star Accuracy shooting, and his personal shooting percentage this season is two points higher than any of the other participants.
Pick: Scheifele (+450)
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Hardest Shot Odds
Weber is the favorite and rightfully so. He’s a three-time champion of this event and recorded a 108.5 mph blast in 2015 and a 108.1 mph rocket in 2016. He last participated in the event in 2017, where he hit 102.8 mph on the radar gun which is the exact same number that defending champion John Carlson hit last year.
— NHL (@NHL) January 26, 2019
Given Weber’s break from the event, and Carlson’s more favorable odds, the Capitals defenseman seems like a better choice. Carlson was the only shooter in last year’s event to record two 100+ mph shots.
Pick: Carlson (+120)
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Save Streak Odds
While hometown netminder Jordan Binnington is among the three goalies with the shortest odds to take down the Save Streak competition, the real value lies with the two longshots. Tristan Jarry has stopped 11 of 12 shootout attempts this season, which gives him the highest save percentage of any of the participants.
David Rittich fired up after making the game-winning shootout save to end Flames losing streak pic.twitter.com/sA473oMblQ
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 23, 2019
Meanwhile, David Rittich has faced the most shootout attempts in this field (18) and has allowed just two goals. Either goaltender is worthy of a bet, but Rittich has a more proven track record.
Pick: Rittich (+650)
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Shooting Stars Odds
|Women’s Elite All-Star (CAN)||+1800|
|Women’s Elite All-Star (USA)||+1800|
One of the new events at this year’s Skills competition, NHL players and one representative from both the Canadian and American Women’s Elite All-Stars will stand on an elevated surface and try to hit targets that are located all over the ice.
Meet the newest skills competition.
The NHL Shooting Stars competition, where players will fire pucks from the stands. pic.twitter.com/imsIEVyT5o
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 16, 2020
Pastrnak and Patrick Kane are the co-favorites, but don’t sleep on Tyler Seguin. The Stars forward has a bit of a trick shot history, teaming up with Dude Perfect in the past, and was already scouting the location earlier this week.
?| “Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) just checked out the new Shooting Stars event, and as you can tell, he knows it wont be easy. ? #NHLAllStar”
Via @NHL IG
• January 23, 2020 pic.twitter.com/80WQQMhFWb
— Tyler Seguin Updates (@tseguinupdates) January 24, 2020
Pick: Seguin (+550)
2020 NHL All-Star Skills Elite Women’s 3-on-3 Odds
|Women’s Elite All-Star (CAN)||-120|
|Women’s Elite All-Star (USA)||-110|
The other new event this year seems like a no-brainer to bet. Members of the Canadian and American Women’s Elite All-Stars will face-off in a 3-on-3 game over two 10 minute periods.
Given that the USA is the reigning Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion, and has defeated their arch-rival in each of their last two meetings, there is no reason not to roll with the red, white and blue.
Pick: USA (-110)
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