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2018 NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition: where to watch, what to watch for

The fun starts tonight.

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The NHL’s All-Star weekend is under full swing, and tonight’s skills competition is going to be different than it usually is? How?

It’s all about the individuals, not the teams.

The winner in each of the events wins a good $25,000 and some bragging rights, so this might up the intensity of what amounts to an exhibition of skills. The NHL has also upped the technology used in each of the events. Gone are the styrofoam targets in the accuracy shooting competition. Now the targets light up randomly, testing not just accuracy but accuracy and snap decision making. Even the passing challenge has some light up targets that will fire off randomly.

What events will we be having (and what random company will sponsor them)? Glad you asked:

• Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay

• Honda NHL Four Line Challenge

• DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting

• Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

• Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot

• Discover NHL Shootout

The Skills Competition begins tonight on NBC Sports at 6:00 Central, and you can head on over to NBCSports.com to stream on your device (or just use their app).