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Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Colorado Avalanche, and we offer our top All-Star Skills predictions based on the best NHL odds.
Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Colorado Avalanche. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images via AFP.

The NHL’s stars will be on the ice Friday night when the All-Star weekend begins, and we're offering our NHL All-Star Skills prop predictions based on the best NHL odds.

The 2024 NHL All-Star Game takes place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

In a departure from previous years, the All-Star Skills competition for this edition has undergone modifications, with only 12 players engaging in various events. Unlike the past, where numerous players took part in one or two events, the current format involves the top 12 All-Stars vying for a $1-million prize.

To accompany our NHL All-Star Game Predictions, here are our best NHL All-Star Skills props and NHL picks (odds via our best NHL betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

NHL All-Star Skills props

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NHL All-Star Skills predictions

Connor McDavid to win fastest skater (+130 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Connor McDavid is one of the best players in the world for a reason - well, a few reasons - and one of those is his speed. With Nathan MacKinnon electing to not participate in this event, McDavid is the favorite at our best sports betting sites.

According to NHL EDGE, McDavid has topped out at a max speed of 24.05 mph this season, tied with MacKinnon for third-fastest in the league. McDavid also has the second-most bursts of at least 22 mph with 43, with only MacKinnon (71) ahead of him.

His only real competition in this is Mathew Barzal, who has 199 20-plus-mph bursts compared to McDavid’s 270. McDavid won this event in three straight years from 2017 to 2019, with Barzal taking the crown in 2020.

McDavid should be a bigger favorite here, as he is at FanDuel (+105). Expect these odds to shorten, so get in at +130 on DraftKings while you can.

Elias Pettersson to win hardest shot (+175 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐

Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson is looking to defend his crown in the hardest shot competition. His 103.2-mph shot won the event last year and was tied for the second-hardest behind only Shea Weber in the last eight years.

That experience will help Pettersson, as will his size. The 6-foot-2 forward has a long stick, which is necessary to generate power on a slap shot.

Pettersson has 12 shots of at least 90 mph this season, good for the ninth-most among forwards. Teammate J.T. Miller may give him a run for his money as he has 15 shots of 90-plus mph this year.

I got in on Pettersson at +230 early Thursday morning before it dropped to +175 on FanDuel.  That's still easily the best price among our best sports betting apps.

Be sure to use our exclusive FanDuel promo code for the best odds on this bet!

Connor McDavid to win accuracy shooting (+750 via betPARX) ⭐⭐

McDavid went a perfect 8-for-8 in the accuracy shooting competition last year, but he was still eliminated in the semifinals as Nazem Kadri was also perfect and beat the Oilers forward by about a second.

He will want to prove himself again this year and has what it takes to hit the four targets on just a handful of shots.

This event is usually a bit up in the air, hence the +750 odds, but they're much better than +600 or +650 at our other best sportsbooks.

NHL All-Star Skills predictions made Thursday at 11:52 a.m. ET.

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