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2017 NHL All Star Game: Weekend Preview, Rosters, Skills Competition Assignments, How to Watch

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All-Star Weekend is finally upon us. We look at what we can expect from the festivities and who will be participating.

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Jan 31, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Metropolitan Division defenseman Justin Faulk (27) of the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster
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2017 NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition
January 28-29 - Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
Skills Competition - Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:00 pm ET (NBCSN)
All-Star Tournament - Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:30 pm ET (NBC)
All weekend activities streaming on NBCSports.com


What and who will the Skills Competition feature?

The Skills Competition will feature six events in total:

Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay (three points available)

This event takes place in heats, with each heat featuring players from the two divisions of each conference. The five skills will take place in the following order: one timers, passing accuracy, puck control, stick-handling and goalie goals.

  • One timers, with three shooters and one passer per division
  • Atlantic Division
    Passer: Victor Hedman, Lightning
    Shooters: Erik Karlsson, Senators; Vincent Trocheck, Panthers; Kyle Okposo, Sabres

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  • Pacific Division
    Passer: Bo Horvat, Canucks
    Shooters: Joe Pavelski, Sharks; Ryan Kesler, Ducks; Jeff Carter, Kings
  • Passing accuracy, with one skater per team
    Frans Nielsen, Red Wings (Atlantic) vs. John Tavares, Islanders (Metro)
    Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks (Central) vs. Drew Doughty, Kings (Pacific)
  • Puck Control, with one skater per team
    Brad Marchand, Bruins (Atlantic) vs. Justin Faulk, Hurricanes (Metro)
    Tyler Seguin, Stars (Central) vs. Cam Fowler, Ducks (Pacific)
  • Stick-Handling, with one skater per team
    Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs (Atlantic) vs. Sidney Crosby, Penguins (Metro)
    Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (Central) vs. Johnny Gaudreau, Flames (Pacific)
  • Goalie Goals, with one goalie per team
    Carey Price, Canadiens (Atlantic) vs. Braden Holtby, Capitals (Metro)
    Devan Dubnyk, Wild (Central) vs. Mike Smith, Coyotes (Pacific)

Honda NHL Four Line Challenge (one point available)

Four shooters from each division team:

  • Atlantic: Nikita Kucherov, Lightning; Karlsson; Trocheck; Shea Weber, Canadiens
  • Metro: McDonagh; Simmonds; Taylor Hall, Devils; Jones
  • Central: Suter; Seguin; P.K. Subban, Predators; MacKinnon
  • Pacific: Pavelski; Brent Burns, Sharks; Kesler; Horvat

DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting (six points available)

Four head to head matchups, with shooters from the two divisions from each conference facing each other.

  • Okposo (Atlantic) vs. Tavares (Metro)
  • Matthews (Atlantic) vs. Crosby (Metro)
  • Patrik Laine, Jets (Central) vs. Connor McDavid, Oilers (Pacific)
  • Kane (Central) vs. Carter (Pacific)

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater (six points available)

Four head to head matchups, with skaters from the two divisions from each conference facing each other.

  • Marchand (Atlantic) vs. Cam Atkinson, Blue Jackets (Metro)
  • Kucherov (Atlantic) vs. Hall (Metro)
  • Tarasenko (Central) vs. Horvat (Pacific)
  • MacKinnon (Central) vs. McDavid (Pacific)

Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot (six points available)

Four head to head matchups, with shooters from the two divisions from each conference facing each other.

  • Hedman (Atlantic) vs. Jones (Metro)
  • Weber (Atlantic) vs. Ovechkin (Metro)
  • Laine (Central) vs. Burns (Pacific)
  • Subban (Central) vs. Doughty (Pacific)

Discover NHL Shootout (one point for most goals)

The division scores from the five preceding skills will be tallied and the top-scoring division in each conference will face off in a ten-round shootout. The leading divisions will send nine skaters and two goaltenders, with those players’ goals counting for one point, and the division captains will pick one player from the other team in the conference whose goals will be worth two points.

The skills competition holds value as the overall winner has the right to select their first round opponent in Sunday’s All-Star game as well as the order the teams will play in.


How will the All-Star game work?

The all-star game will function in a very similar way to last year’s game, with a bit of a twist. The team that wins the skills competition will select its opponent and whether their game will be first or second, then the other game will be set accordingly. Each matchup will be a 20-minute game, and the winners of each game will then play each other in a final game in which the winning team will walk away with a $1 million cash prize. Each divisional team will be made up of 11 players in total: 6 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 2 goalies.


All-Star Rosters

Atlantic Division

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators Carey Price (C), Montreal Canadiens
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
Frans Nielsen, Detroit Red Wings
Kyle Okposo, Buffalo Sabres

Metropolitan Division

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Sidney Crosby (C), Pittsburgh Penguins Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets*

* Replaced Evgeni Malkin, who dropped out due to injury

Central Division

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars P.K. Subban (C), Nashville Predators Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Pacific Division

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Connor McDavid (C), Edmonton Oilers Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks