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Rundown of events, appearances for NHL All-Star Weekend

The NHL is ready to get All-Star Weekend rolling.

Unfortunately, the league will be missing some of its top stars. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovski, Pekka Rinne, Jimmy Howard and Erik Johnson have dropped out because of injuries.

The show will go on, of course, and it begins Friday night. Here's the rundown:

*Friday -- You need teams to play a game, and they will be selected at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. Captains Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews will draft their squads in an alternating format after a puck flip determines who gets the No. 1 pick.

Drew Doughty and Patrick Kane are already on Team Foligno as alternate captains. Ryan Getzlaf and Rick Nash will wear the A's for Team Toews.

Each team will have three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. The three goaltenders must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team's six defensemen must be picked by the end of Round 15. One trade per team is allowed.

NHL Network will have a pregame show starting at 7 p.m.

*Saturday -- The All-Star Skills competition will begin at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, with NHL Network hosting a preshow at 5 :30 p.m.

There are six competitions, with each captain leading the team selection process. Players will compete in Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and Shootout events.

For more information on the events, click here.

*Sunday -- The All-Star Game is at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. NHL Network will have a pregame show beginning at 3 p.m.

Country artist Jo Dee Messina will sing the U.S. national anthem, while Columbus-based opera singer Leo Welsh will sing the Canadian anthem. Fall Out Boy will perform during the first intermission, while O.A.R. will perform during the second.

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