Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid skates during the Skills Competition fastest skater contest, part of the NHL hockey All-Star weekend, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
The 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition takes place Friday, February 4th (7:30 PM EST)
Betting odds for Fastest Skater, Accuracy Shooting and Hardest Shot have been released
Read below for predictions and best picks for the NHL Skills Competition
It’s officially All-Star Weekend in the NHL. The top players in the league have assembled in Vegas for a two-day event that will showcase their talent. NHL All-Star betting odds have been released for the popular NHL Skills Competition taking place Friday, February 4th (7:30 PM EST) on ESPN. Fastest Skater and Hardest Shot are among the events available to be wagered on.
Let’s take a look at the 2022 NHL Skills Competition odds and offer you picks and predictions for the big events.
2022 NHL All-Star Fastest Skater Odds
All odds as of Feb. 4th at DraftKings
Colorado Avalanche are the favorites in the Stanley Cup odds at the All-Star break and their all-star defenseman Cale Makar is the second betting favorite in the Fastest Skater competition.
McDavid Clear Favorite in NHL All-Star Fastest Skater Odds
Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid is unsurprisingly the heavy favorite in the NHL Fastest Skater odds, but that doesn’t mean he’s a lock to win. While McDavid’s won the event three times already, the young phenom was upset by Islanders’ forward Mat Barzal last time.
Mat Barzal (@Barzal_97) is your new @Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater champion! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/ZNVE53qGxZ
— NHL (@NHL) January 25, 2020
Barzal isn’t back to defend his Fastest Skater title this year, however, so the door is open for a new challenger. Red Wings’ captain Dylan Larkin won this event back in 2016 with a time faster than McDavid’s best.
Colorado blueliner Cale Makar is the clear best value play in this event. According to the NHL, both Makar and McDavid (24.1 MPH) had the best in-game top speed this season. Look for Makar to make a big splash in his first NHL Fastest Skater event.
Pick: Cale Makar (+450) at DraftKings Sportsbook
2022 NHL All-Star Accuracy Shooting Odds
Field Wide Open in NHL Accuracy Shooting Competition
There’s no clear favorite to win the Accuracy Shooting event at the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition. This is because the NHL is loaded with snipers and Accuracy Shooting involves taking shots at styrofoam targets attached to the corners of a net.
Some of the best Accuracy Shooting moments from over the years. 😊🎯
Catch #NHLAllStar Weekend on @espn, @ABCNetwork & @Sportsnet Feb. 4th & 5th. pic.twitter.com/7VjfHKnjpD
— NHL (@NHL) January 30, 2022
The last five winners of this event have been Jaccob Slavin, David Pastrnak, Brock Boeser, Sidney Crosby and John Tavares. If you like a defenseman to take the crown for a second straight year, Buffalo blueliner Rasmus Dahlin (+1000) sticks out as an intriguing value play.
An easy way to determine a betting pick for this event is NHL shooting percentage. Anaheim forward Troy Terry has the best shooting percentage (25.3) of any player participating in this event by a substantial amount. The young sharpshooter is a great play at +600. If you’re looking to find a better price on Terry, FanDuel Sportsbook is listing him at +950 to win.
Pick: Troy Terry (+950) at FanDuel Sportsbook
2022 NHL All-Star Hardest Shot Odds
Hedman Favored in NHL Hardest Shot Odds
There are only four players competing in the Hardest Shot competition at the 2022 NHL Skills Competition. Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman is favored with usual suspects John Carlson, Shea Weber, and Zdeno Chara not participating this year.
Victor Hedman has the hardest shot this season at 99.9 mph…
Is Chara’s record untouchable? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qdssY3N83K
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) February 4, 2022
This is the one event where betting the favorite is the clear best bet. Not only is Hedman a favorite in the Norris Trophy odds, but he also recorded the hardest shot in the NHL this season at 99.9 MPH.
Hedman is the only returning player to this event, which gives him an edge over the newcomers competing. Islanders’ blueliner Adam Pelech might be Hedman’s toughest competition, but we have yet to see the 27-year-old unleash a bomb like Hedman’s.
Pick: Victor Hedman (+150) at DraftKings Sportsbook
2022 NHL All-Star Save Streak Odds
Vasilevskiy, Saros Favored in NHL Save Streak
It should come as no surprise that the goalies favored to win the NHL Save Streak Competition are also the top contenders in the Vezina Trophy odds. This doesn’t just mean pick the best goalie, however, as the winner is the netminder who produces the longest streak of saves.
STOP, who’s winning the @dunkindonuts’ NHL Save Streak? 🛑
Watch the #NHLAllStar Skills Competition on @espn and @Sportsnet on Feb. 4th at 7:30p ET! pic.twitter.com/1OH810pGIK
— NHL (@NHL) February 3, 2022
An easy way to gauge a prediction for this event is by looking at volume of shots and save percentage. You want a goalie who faces a ton of rubber and turns most of it away. Marc-Andre Fleury holds the record in this competition by making 14 saves in a row in 2018. New York online sports bettors are probably disappointed to not see Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin on this list, after he was snubbed from this year’s All-Star activities.
Nashville goalie Juuse Saros has faced the most shots of any NHL goalie this season and holds the second-best career shootout save percentage (.714) in this event behind Vasilevskiy (.785). The Preds’ workhorse goalie offers some solid value at +500 in the NHL Save Streak odds.
Pick: Juuse Saros (+500) at FanDuel Sportsbook