NHL All-Star Game Odds, Predictions: Betting Preview for Skills Competition and More

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The NHL All-Star Weekend sports something new this year. Just like bettors, the players are in it for the money, too.

Friday’s Skills Competition, which precedes the All-Star Game on Saturday, features 12 players vying for a first-ever overall championship and $1 million. It puts an incentive-laden twist into the series of events.

That’s the first significant betting highlight of the weekend.

Saturday follows with the All-Star game, a 3-on-3 format with two 10-minute periods. This is the style of play many people love to see, and it encourages high-scoring totals.

Here’s the breakdown.

How to Watch NHL All-Star Skills Competition and Game

  • Friday: Skills Competition, 7 p.m., ESPN
  • Saturday: All-Star Game, 3 p.m. ABC

NHL All-Star Weekend Betting Overview 

Before exploring the rules, here are the odds on the 12 players listed in the Skills Competition according to DraftKings.

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Take a look at these numbers, as they resemble PGA betting odds. There are prices on marquee players you won’t see any other time. Connor McDavid at +700? Yes indeed.

NHL All-Star Skills Competition Betting Odds

Once again, odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook and are subject to change.

  • Connor McDavid +700
  • Cale Makar +700
  • Nikita Kucherov +800
  • David Pastrnak +800
  • Nathan MacKinnon +850
  • Mathew Barzal +850
  • Quinn Hughes +900
  • Elias Pettersson +900
  • Leon Draisaitl +1000
  • J.T. Miller  +1000
  • Auston Matthews  +1000
  • William Nylander  +1100

What a nice departure for bettors who often lay juice or barely get even money to back these players as an anytime scorer each night.

Here’s how the skills competition format works:

  1. Each player will compete in four of the first six events: the Fastenal NHL Fastest Skater, Rogers NHL Hardest Shot, Upper Deck NHL Stick Handling, NHL One Timers, NHL Passing Challenge, and Cheetos NHL Accuracy Shooting.
  2. First place will be worth five points, second place four points and so on.
  3. The top eight will advance to the seventh event: the Honda NHL Shoot Out. Eight players line up on one blue line, eight on the other, and the players pick the goalies they want to face.
  4. The top six will advance to the final event: the Pepsi NHL Obstacle Course. The event will include all the skills, and it will be worth double the points. First place will be worth 10 points, second place will be worth eight points, and so on.

This is not easy to handicap, but it will be fun. The accuracy competition, for example, features players needing to hit four individual targets located in the four corners inside the net.  They can hit each one in just a few seconds.

Looking for some handicapping angle? Pettersson won the Hardest Shot competition last year at 103.2 mph.

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NHL All-Star Skills Competition Betting Props

Pettersson is the +225 chalk, again, at DraftKings Sportsbook. Odds will vary at other sportsbooks and are subject to change leading up to the event.

Hardest Shot

  • Pettersson +225
  • Miller +250
  • Makar +400
  • Pastrnak +500
  • Matthews +600


  • Pastrnak +500
  • Matthews +500
  • Draisaitl +500
  • Pettersson +600
  • Kucherov +650
  • MacKinnon +650
  • Miller +650

Accuracy Shooting

  • Pastrnak +650
  • McDavid +650
  • MacKinnon +700
  • Matthews +700
  • Nylander +800
  • Kucherov +800
  • Hughes +850
  • Makar +850

Passing Challenge

  • Hughes +650
  • Makar +650
  • Kucherov +700
  • Draisaitl +700
  • Pettersson +700

Fastest Skater

  • McDavid +140
  • Barzal +185
  • Makar +500
  • Nylander  +1000
  • Hughes +1000

NHL All-Star Saturday Betting Options

There are two semifinal games and a championship. Each team is named after a division and has a captain.

The games consist of two 10-minute periods of 3-on-3 hockey. Expect scores and the lines to reach double figures.

Team Atlantic defeated Team Central 7-5 in the finals last year.

You’ve got to figure that the offensive players are immensely skilled in a format that encourages goal-scoring. The essential betting evaluation will be the over-under in goals, how many players will notch two or more, and whether you can guess right on a hot goalie. Odds on these props go up closer to game time.

There is a Futures category, as well. It is just as hard to handicap as the rest of the lineup.

  • Team Matthews +240
  • Team McDavid +280
  • Team MacKinnon +280
  • Team Hughes +300

The Thursday night draft established the rosters. FanDuel has listed MVP candidates for the All-Star game. Leading contenders:

  • Matthews +750
  • McDavid +1000
  • MacKinnon+1000
  • Nylander +1000

There are many players down to Jeremy Swayman at +10000.

NHL All-Star Game Predictions

With how hot the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid are, it’s hard to pass up on taking Team McDavid +280 (DraftKings) to win it all. That could be combined with taking McDavid to win the All-Star Skills Competition overall, but we’ll change it up there. Instead, we’ll take a little more value with David Pastrnak +800 (DraftKings). He’s favored in a few of the skills competitions.

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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970s. He won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997, and is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. Bontempo has broadcast major fights all over the world. The advent of legalized sports wagering shifted his focus to this exciting new industry in 2018.

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