SAN JOSE, Calif.--The player assignments are set for the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills this evening at SAP Center.
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will take part in the Puck Control event while teammate Mikko Rantanen will compete in the Premier Passer competition. Both Avs forwards will also take shots in the Save Streak.
There are three other events in the skills competition: Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot and Accuracy Shooting. The annual event begins at 7 p.m. MT and will be televised nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
The Gatorade NHL Puck Control will consist of eight players in a timed, single-round event that includes three skills: (1) Stickhandling, where a skater controls a puck through a series of ten pucks in a straight line; (2) Cone Control, where a skater controls a puck through a series of eight cones in a zig-zag formation; and (3) Gates, where a skater approaches each gate and is required to shoot or otherwise guide the puck through the lit rung of the gate. Following the gates, time stops when the puck is shot into the game net. Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill. The player to complete the three skills in the fastest time is deemed the winner.
Eight players will take part in the Enterprise NHL Premier Passer, which consists of three skills over one round, including (1) Breakout Pass, where each player is given 10 pucks to attempt to make a pass to three "players"; (2) Mini Nets, where each player must complete a pass over a barricade and into each of four mini nets; and (3) Target Passing, where each player must complete successful passes to all targets that randomly light up every three seconds. The player to complete all three skills in the fastest time is deemed the winner.
A minimum of four goalies and all 36 skaters will participate in the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak, a shootout grouped by division where goalies compete to make the most consecutive saves. Each goalie will face one opposing division and a minimum of nine scoring attempts. Players from each division will shoot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the divisional captain shooting ninth. A goalie's round at the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak™ cannot end with a save - if the divisional captain's shot is saved, the goalie will continue to face shooters until a goal is scored. If the goalie makes a save on the divisional captain's shot, the order of shooters to follow is the same as the original order. The goalie with the longest consecutive save streak during his time in net is the winner.
Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon, who was voted in as the Central Division's captain, is in attendance at All-Star Weekend but won't participate in Fridays skills competition. It is unlikely that he'll suit up for the Central Division in Saturday's All-Star Game.
Kendal Coyne of the United States Women's National Team will take MacKinnon's presumed spot in the Fastest Skater competition. Coyne lived in Denver for part of her training for the 2018 Winter Olympics and is married to former Denver Broncos NFL player Michael Schofield.