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NHL Skills Competition 2016: Time, TV schedule, events and how to watch

Your guide to the NHL 2016 Skills Competition.

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Here's all the information you need for the actual All-Star Game, taking place on Sunday, January 31st.

Even though these events are kind of looked upon as a joke, not serious, meaning very little, sometimes meaning can take form in ways we would never expect. The NHL trying to push John Scott out of their All-Star festivities sparked a response of support, respect, and admiration from his fellow players that has overshadowed the objectionable actions taken against Scott by the league.

The NHL 2016 All-Star on-ice events kick off at 7 P.M. ET. Players arrived yesterday and met the media. P.K. Subban's Twitter account is probably worth following today, as he's already posted a couple of selfies with other players, and will definitely be posting more pictures throughout the event.

The skills competition will feature five events and a shootout. All of the events are self-explanatory, except for the Skills Challenge Relay, which pretty much puts every skill in hockey imaginable on display in the form of a timed relay race.

Unlike tomorrow's tournament, the skills competition is split into two Conference squads.

Here's a list of the events, in the order in which they will be played tonight:

Fastest Skater

6 points available

Eastern Conference: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Kris Letang ( Pittsburgh Penguins)

Western Conference: Roman Josi (Nashville Predators), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets)

Breakaway Challenge

1 point available (fan vote determines best breakaway)

Eastern Conference: Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals), P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)

Western Conference: James Neal (Nashville Predators), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings)

*One of Matt Duchene, Dylan Larkin and Brandon Saad will be voted in by fans during the contest.

Accuracy Shooting

5 points available

Eastern Conference: John Tavares (New York Islanders), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Western Conference: Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)

Skills Challenge Relay

3 points available (3 heats)

This challenge includes fourteen players and two goalies a side. Braden Holtby will man the net for the East, while Pekka Rinne will man the net for West. This event will also have a goalie goals section, with Ben Bishop taking the shots for the East and Devan Dubnyk for the West.

Hardest shot

5 points available

Eastern Conference: Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)

Western Conference: Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), John Scott (St. John Ice Caps), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)


Both teams will ice eighteen skaters and three goaltenders. This is the grand finale of the event, with one point for every goal scored, and two points for every goal scored with a puck adorned with a Discover Card add. P.K Subban will shoot in the first round of three, while John Scott will have his chance at shootout glory in the third and final round.

How to Watch

7:00 PM ET

Canada: CBC and Sportsnet

United States: NBCSN, steaming online at

When to watch P.K. Subban

P.K Subban will be competing in three events: the breakaway challenge, hardest shot, and the shootout.