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Can You Bet on the NHL Skills Competition? Odds for Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Accuracy, More

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Getty Images. Pictured: Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid.

It has been two years since we’ve had an NHL Skills Competition, and legal betting is available in many more states than it was in February of 2020.

So yes, you can bet on the Skills Competition. Most sportsbooks have four events listed:

  • Fastest Skater
  • Accuracy Shooting
  • Hardest Shot
  • Save Streak

Everything gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night on ESPN.

Fastest Skater

Player Team Odds
Connor McDavid Oilers -170
Dylan Larkin Red Wings +370
Cale Makar Avalanche +450
Chris Kreider Rangers +900
Kyle Connor Jets +1000
Jordan Kyrou Blues +1000
Evgeny Kuznetsov Capitals +1500
Adrian Kempe Kings +1500

*Odds via FanDuel

McDavid won three consecutive fastest skater titles from 2017-2019, but Larkin actually holds the record under this one-lap format — 13.172 seconds — which came in 2016. Matthew Barzal won in 2020 and was just .003 seconds behind Larkin’s record.

Makar will be participating for the first time, but don’t count him out as he’s already shown he’s one of the league’s fastest players.

Last 5 Winners

  • Matthew Barzal
  • Connor McDavid
  • Connor McDavid
  • Connor McDavid
  • Dylan Larkin

Accuracy Shooting

Player Team Odds
Leon Draisaitl Oilers +400
Troy Terry Ducks +550
Sebastian Aho Hurricanes +550
Jake Guentzel Penguins +700
Johnny Gaudreau Flames +700
Patrice Bergeron Bruins +750
Jonathan Marchessault Knights +800
Clayton Keller Coyotes +1000
Rasmus Dahlin Sabres +1200

*Odds via DraftKings

The Accuracy Shooting event seems to have the most randomness of any competition, as we’ve seen 12 different winners in the last 12 skills competitions.

Prior to that, Jeremy Roenick and Ray Borque dominated this contest for the better part of a decade.

Last 5 Winners

  • Jaccob Slavin
  • David Pastrnak
  • Brock Boeser
  • Sidney Crosby
  • John Tavares

Hardest Shot

Player Team Odds
Victor Hedman Lightning -120
Adam Pelech Islanders +380
Timo Meier Sharks +400
Tom Wilson Capitals +550

*Odds via DraftKings

This event has had plenty of repeat winners, but the old guard is no longer at the All-Star Game. Zdeno Chara won for five years in a row, then Shea Weber won three consecutive times.

Last 5 Winners

  • Shea Weber
  • John Carlson
  • Alex Ovechkin
  • Shea Weber
  • Shea Weber

Goalie Save Streak

Player Team Odds
Andrei Vasilevskiy Lightning +430
Juuse Saros Predators +500
Frederik Andersen Hurricanes +500
Jack Campbell Maple Leafs +500
John Gibson Ducks +600
Thatcher Demko Canucks +750
Tristan Jarry Penguins +750
Cam Talbot Wild +950

*Odds via FanDuel

Each goaltender faces every shooter from an opposing division during the Breakaway Challenge, and the net-minder with the longest save streak wins. The tiebreaker goes to whoever made the most saves total.

If that’s tied, it will go to something called “goalie goals.”

Last 3 Winners

  • Jordan Binnington
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Marc-Andre Fleury

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