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2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition: Start time, TV schedule, events, rosters, and online stream

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Everything you need to know about tonight’s showcase of NHL talent.

2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition - AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

You can see the start time, TV schedule, rosters, and online stream of Sunday’s All-Star Game by clicking here.

Before the top players in the NHL team up for the annual All-Star Game, first they show off their elite talents in the skills competition. This year, 44 of the league’s best players will compete in six different events.

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NBCSN
Online: CBC Sports, Sportsnet Now

Teams

This season, the NHL returns to the divisional format it introduced last year, though this time around the fans voted for the players who will captain each of the four squads, rather than simply voting for any player they feel deserves to be there (which resulted in the selection of John Scott — and a lot of drama — last season).

P.K. Subban, Sidney Crosby, second-year professional Connor McDavid, and Montreal Canadiens goaltender and recent NHL MVP Carey Price head their teams, and were the key decision-makers in setting up the event competitors.

Atlantic Division

Carey Price (Captain)
Nikita Kucherov
Vincent Trocheck
Auston Matthews
Kyle Okposo
Brad Marchand
Frans Nielsen
Shea Weber
Erik Karlsson
Victor Hedman
Tuukka Rask

Metropolitan Division

Sidney Crosby (Captain)
Alex Ovechkin
Wayne Simmonds
Jeff Skinner
Kevin Hayes
John Tavares
Ryan McDonagh
Justin Faulk
Seth Jones
Sergei Bobrovsky
Brayden Holtby

Central Division

P.K. Subban (Captain)
Jonathan Toews
Patrick Kane
Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Laine
Tyler Seguin
Nathan MacKinnon
Ryan Suter
Duncan Keith
Devan Dubnyk
Corey Crawford

Pacific Division

Connor McDavid (Captain)
Joe Pavelski
Jeff Carter
Ryan Kesler
Bo Horvat
Johnny Gaudreau
Brent Burns
Drew Doughty
Cam Fowler
Mike Smith
Martin Jones

Events

At stake in the skills competition, other than personal bragging rights, is the time slot of the individual games of the 3-on-3 tournament. The overall winner gets the opportunity to play in the first of three mini-games, and therefore get the longest break ahead of the final matchup.

Skills Relay Challenge

2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition - Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay
Carey Price lines up a shot in the 2015 Skills Relay
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The night kicks of with a variety of talents combined into a single challenge. The relay will start with a one-timer challenge before moving onto passing skills, puck control, stick-handling, and end with goaltenders shooting on the opposite net. The quickest team from each conference to finish all the disciplines will claim a point, while the fastest of the four squads will claim an additional one.

Four-Line Challenge

A shooter is placed on each of the near blue line, centre-ice red line, far blue line, and far goal line, and each takes two shots attempting to pick the corners of the net. Top corners increase in value from one point from the near blue line, to three, to five points at the far blue line. Those at the far goal line will attempt to hit the five hole of the net for 10 points (or 20 if the goal is scored by goaltender, but as of now no goalie is scheduled to be one of the four shooters).

Accuracy Shooting

Players from each team attempt to hit tagets placed in the four corners of the net. The fastest one to complete the challenge (regardless of efficiency) will claim a point for his team.

Fastest Skater

Two skaters go head-to head around half of the ice surface, with the fastest man winning a point. The fastest overall skater will then have chance to do a full lap of the rink to attempt to set a new record.

The heat to watch will be McDavid going head-to-head with Nathan MacKinnon, with the fastest time likely coming down to those two.

Hardest Shot

The marquee event of the night has some of the top players firing a puck into the net as hard as they can. Players will compete head-to-had with conference opponents, with the one with the hardest shot claiming a point.

Shea Weber looks to defend his title and perhaps set a new mark, needing to surpass Zdeno Chara’s 108.8 miles per hour to do so. For the first time, he will be launching his patented slap shot in a Canadiens jersey.

Shootout

The team with the most points from the Eastern and Western Conference will participate in the shootout, with one skater from the losing division added to his conference’s team. A total of nine shooters per team will attempt to score, with the one addition from the losing team counting for two goals if he scores.

Reward

The division that comes out on top in the shootout will pick the time slot for its All-Star Tournament semi-final, and also the opponent they will face in their first game.