NHL announced the six events for the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills on Friday, noting that the winner of individual events will receive $ 25K. The event will float on NBCSN, with things slated to run on Friday, January 25 at. PT / 9 p.m.
- Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
Last year, Connor McDavid became the first ever recurring winner of fastest skater, but Dylan Larkin (19659004) is a quick look at each event. owns the best ever time from 2016. Larkin is not slated to be on ASG weekend (only injuries?) but Mathew Barzal could possibly push McDavid.
It would be cold for McDavid to hit, though it would be much more fun if 97 instead of winning you know, more real hockey games.
- Enterprise NHL Premier Passes
This event has been a "wild card" of varieties in the skill competitions earlier, right down to the information. Usually there are cute mini-yarns and this year's will also includes. Here are the three phases of the competition, via NHL:
It is hard to say that anyone would really have "inside tracks" on this event. Alex Pietrangelo won in 2018.
Randomness is part of the fun, though … especially when trying to beat a small net in tough situations, it also leads to frustration.
Players may not love it.
- Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak
In 2018, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shootout attempts in a row and beat Pekka Run by one. Fleury and Rinne get a chance in the 2019 version, while Andrei Vasilevskiy's pure athleticism makes him a good bet to push the two veterans this time. This shootout-related competition makes for some fun and absurd moments, so don't expect anything less in 2019.
- Gatorade NHL Puck Control
In the last edition of this event (which goes through three phases of puck control) The Port "part gives particular zaniness), Johnny Gaudreau absolutely killed it. He appears to be hard to beat in this regard, even though the NHL is full of talented puck handlers, so who knows?
The sharp simplicity of all these slap-shots has made the hardest shot one of the most entertaining parts of All-Star weekends for decades now. Ruling champion Alex Ovechkin sits this year to open the field.
In fact, a couple of the go-to choices for the toughest shot are not set to be in the 2019 edition. Frequent threats Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber are not on rosters, and Dustin Byufglien would otherwise pose a potential threat. Perhaps Brent Burns will take it in 2019 in front of a partisan crowd, even after he didn't rattle them as many expected last time?
- Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting
Last year, Brock Boeser began his magic All-Star weekend by winning the accuracy challenge. It appears that Boeser will not be around to defend this title (or his 2018 ASG MVP).
This eye-friendly competition often comes down to who has the hot hand, but when you look at who shoots a high percentage despite heavy volume this year, some favorites will appear: Elias Pettersson (if it is healthy), Jeff Skinner and Auston Matthews rank as just a few players who could shoot with the highest level of precision.
It would be quite fun if Vancouver Canucks saw a ray of hope (Pettersson), follow another (Boeser the year before) in All Star Games, especially since Pettersson has just been so fun.
Who would you expect to win every competition? Which events do you look forward to the most?
The NHL All-Star Skills Competition in 2019 will take place on Friday, January 25 at. 9.00 ET, NBCSN and 2019 The NHL All-Star Game takes place on Saturday, January 26, at 26.00.
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