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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 01/28/2012

Open thread: NHL All-Star skills competition

The NHL All Star skills competition gets underway at 7 p.m. Saturday night on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and for some it might be the most entertaining part of the entire weekend.

Capitals’ defenseman Dennis Wideman, who is a member of Team Chara, was chosen to take part in the skills challenge relay and the hardest shot competition.

Discuss the skills competition as you watch in the comment section below.

A cheat sheet for the six competitions the players will take part in follows and you can check out the full rosters of participants for each challenge here.

--Fastest skater : Fairly self explanatory. Five players from each team compete, including one rookie and goaltender from each side.
--Breakaway challenge: This is where players try to put the most creative, zaniest breakaway attempt they can think of on display. Three players from each team each get three shots.
--Accuracy shooting: A classic. Four targets are attached to the goal posts and wait to be destroyed. Four shooters per team.
- -Skills challenge relay: There are four heats in the relay, which includes one-timers, passing, puck control, stick handling and accuracy shooting.
--Hardest shot: Four players from each team get two attempts to obtain the highest miles per hour on the shot.
--Elimination shootout: Just like it sounds. Eleven skaters from each team face three opposing goaltenders and try to score in order to advance to the next round.

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