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NHL All-Star Skills participants announced


Highlighting the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka are two new events: the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars, and the Elite Women's 3-on-3 presented by adidas. Four events return for this year's edition of the NHL All-Star Skills: the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, the Bud Light NHL Save Streak, Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting, and the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot.

The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka will be televised on NBCSN in the United States and on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. The winner of each of the five individual events of the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka will earn $30,000.

Details, rules and participants for all six events of the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka are listed below.

• Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

• Bud Light NHL Save Streak

• Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting

• Elite Women's 3-on-3 presented by adidas

• Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot

• Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

Eight players will compete in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater. Each skater will be timed for one full lap around the rink. The skater may choose the direction of his lap and can be positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the center red line. The skater must start on the referee's whistle and the timing clock will start when the skater crosses the start line. In the event of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee's stopwatch. The skater with the fastest time is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, and if there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate another lap to determine the winner.

Participants:Jack Eichel, Buffalo SabresNathan MacKinnon, Colorado AvalancheConnor McDavid, Edmonton OilersMathew Barzal, New York IslandersChris Kreider, New York RangersAnthony Duclair, Ottawa SenatorsTravis Konecny, Philadelphia FlyersQuinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

Bud Light NHL Save Streak

A minimum of four goalies and all 36 skaters will participate in the Bud Light 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. Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee's whistle. Players from each division will shoot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the divisional captain shooting ninth. A goalie's round at the Bud Light 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 of the Bud Light NHL Save Streak ™. If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the longest "save streak" the winning goalie will be determined by the total number of saves made in their round. If two or more goalies remain tied based on the total number of saves made then the tied goalies will compete in a sudden death round of "Goalie Goals."

Participants: David Rittich, Calgary FlamesTristan Jarry, Pittsburgh PenguinsJordan Binnington, St. Louis BluesAndrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay LightningFrederik Andersen, Toronto Maple LeafsJacob Markstrom, Vancouver CanucksBraden Holtby, Washington CapitalsConnor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting

Eight players will compete in the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting, a timed event where a shooter is positioned 25 feet from the goal line and shoots pucks at target images that appear on an LED screen placed on the goal line. Time will start at the referee's whistle and each player will shoot pucks at the target images, which will disappear from the screen after being successfully hit. The clock stops when the player has successfully hit all target images. The player that hits all target images in the fastest time will be crowned the winner of the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting. If there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will compete again to determine the winner.

Participants:Jaccob Slavin, Carolina HurricanesTyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Red WingsLeon Draisaitl, Edmonton OilersJonathan Huberdeau, Florida PanthersNico Hischier, New Jersey DevilsTomas Hertl, San Jose SharksAlex Pietrangelo, St. Louis BluesMark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

Elite Women's 3-on-3 presented by adidas

Two teams -- American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars -- each comprised of nine skaters and one goalie, will go head-to-head in the Elite Women's 3-on-3 presented by adidas. The 3-on-3 game will consist of two 10-minute periods, with a running clock. Teams will switch ends after the first period. All penalties will be "served" with a penalty shot being awarded to the player specifically fouled. 

American All-Stars (hometown):D   Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.)F   Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.)F   Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.)F   Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.)F   Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.)F   Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho)F   Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.)F   Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.)G   Alex Rigsby Cavallini (Delafield, Wis.)D   Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.)

Canadian All-Stars (hometown):F   Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.)F   Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.)G   Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.)D   Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.)D   Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont.)F   Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.)F   Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.)F   Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)F   Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.)F   Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.)

Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot

A minimum of four players will compete in the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™. Each player will attempt two shots measured in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded. For each attempt, a single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center of the goal. Starting no further than the nearest blue line, the shooter may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal. Shots must be on goal to be calculated and all shots are recorded by radar in miles per hour. If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt. If the player breaks his stick he will be given another attempt. The player who records the fastest speed is the winner of the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™. If there is a tie for the fastest speed, the tied players will shoot again to determine the winner.

Participants:Mark Giordano, Calgary FlamesSeth Jones, Columbus Blue JacketsShea Weber, Montreal Canadiens Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay LightningElias Pettersson, Vancouver CanucksJohn Carlson, Washington Capitals

Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars

Ten players -- eight NHL All-Stars, and one American Elite Women's All-Star team member and one Canadian Elite Women's All-Star team member -- will compete in the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars. Players from the American and Canadian Elite Women's All-Star teams will be selected by social media vote. Players will be positioned on an elevated platform behind the goal, approximately 30 feet above the ice surface, where they will shoot pucks at a variety of targets located on the ice, with each target possessing different point values. One at a time, each player will attempt seven shots and earn points for each target hit. 

• Pucks that do not hit a target will earn no points. • Pucks that bounce, deflect, or otherwise ricochet onto or into a target will be counted for the highest scoring value they hit. • A puck that hits the face of a target then falls into the center will be scored as if it went directly into the center.• A puck that hits the center and bounces out will be scored the point value of the center.• A puck that bounces off the ice then up onto or into a target will be awarded the corresponding value. • A puck that hits the base of the target will not be awarded any points. • Players may hit the same target multiple times.

All scoring denominations will be decided by the on-ice officials. If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the highest score, players will shoot three pucks each to determine a winner. If the players remain tied after the three pucks, a sudden death "score-off" will occur.

Please note that special protective netting will be installed at Enterprise Center for the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars.

Participants:Women's Elite All-Star (CAN) -- TBDWomen's Elite All-Star (USA) -- TBDDavid Pastrnak, Boston BruinsMatthew Tkachuk, Calgary FlamesPatrick Kane, Chicago BlackhawksTyler Seguin, Dallas StarsBrady Tkachuk, Ottawa SenatorsDavid Perron, St. Louis BluesRyan O'Reilly, St. Louis BluesMitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Notes for all 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka Events: Prior to the event, the NHL Department of Player Safety will determine the players participating in each event and the order of participation. Number of players in each event is subject to change. The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills events. Participants for each event are subject to change.

The Blues and the city of St. Louis will host the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, from Jan. 24-25, including the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka on Friday, Jan. 24 (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 25 (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend marks the third time NHL All-Star activities will take place in St. Louis. The Blues previously hosted the event in 1970 and 1988, each at St. Louis Arena.

Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar. For more information on the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, visit https://www.nhl.com/Fans/All-Star.

For the fifth straight season, the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.


Source: NHL All-Star Skills participants announced

Matthews plans to play for Maple Leafs after All-Star Weekend


ST. LOUIS -- Auston Matthews said he hopes to be in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup when they play at the Nashville Predators on Monday.

"That's my plan, that's my goal," the center said Thursday during All-Star Game Media Day. "Hopefully it gets better. I'll go through the process and have a good practice on Sunday and go from there. But definitely my goal is to try to stay as healthy as possible and play Monday."

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Matthews is at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend but won't participate in on-ice events because he's receiving acute treatment for an ongoing wrist condition. The Maple Leafs are listing him as day to day.

"I think it was just wear and tear," he said. "I can't really pinpoint the exact day, but this has been kind of going on and nagging for two or three weeks. I'm hoping this week off and these extra two or three days can kind of help it. I'm still planning on playing next week and continuing on. 

"I'm just trying to manage it with the medical team and just making sure after every game [receive] medical treatment and things like that to help it feel as best as it can. It's a process. Obviously guys play through injuries during the course of a season, some more serious than others, but this is an opportunity to heal.

"It's just one of those things that is nagging. Obviously in a game there is a lot of adrenalin going and things are going through your mind. You tend to kind of forget about it, manage it and play through it."

Matthews has not missed a game this season. With 34 goals in 49 games, he needs 16 goals in the final 33 games to become the fourth Maple Leafs player to score 50 in a season. Rick Vaive was the first in 1981-82, setting the Toronto record (54) in the first of three consecutive 50-goal seasons. Gary Leeman (51 in 1989-90) and Dave Andreychuk (53 in 1993-94) also accomplished the feat.

Matthews is on pace for 57 goals. That would be the most by a United States-born player, eclipsing the 55 scored by Jimmy Carson (1987-88, Los Angeles Kings) and Kevin Stevens (1992-93, Pittsburgh Penguins).

Though Matthews won't be taking part in any competitions, he said it was his intention to be on hand for the All-Star festivities. The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka will be held Friday, and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Saturday at Enterprise Center.

"Obviously just being here, you want to kind of compete out there and participate," he said. "Getting a couple of extra days to heal and rest [the injury] is important, but I think it was also important for me to be here.

"It's a big honor to be selected to the All-Star Game in general, so I'm happy to be here."


Source: Matthews plans to play for Maple Leafs after All-Star Weekend

O'Reilly back at All-Star Game confident Blues can repeat as Cup champs


ST. LOUIS -- Ryan O'Reilly was back at NHL Honda All-Star Weekend, this time as a Stanley Cup champion, not someone who was hoping to find a way into the playoffs. 

"I think we've got as good a chance as anyone to win again," the St. Louis Blues center said Thursday at All-Star Media Day. "I'm very confident in that. But at the same time, it comes with a lot of work. That's our mindset. We can't win a Cup right now. 

"It's starting by building and building. Yeah, we want to be playing our best hockey by the time playoffs comes. Take it one game and one series at a time."

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At the All-Star break last season, the Blues were three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, three weeks after being last in the NHL standings.

This season has been significantly different. The Blues have been among the best teams in the NHL, leading the West at 30-11-8 and six points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division heading into the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). 

"Obviously last year was a very different story," O'Reilly said. "We had to build and squeak in and go from there, and this year we're in a good spot right now, but the focus is still on building our game. We have to keep getting better and better and there's no perfect way to do it. 

"It starts with getting into the playoffs and winning that first round and building from there. Our goal is to be playing our best hockey by the time playoffs come."

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O'Reilly was traded to the Blues by the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018 for centers Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, forward Tage Thompson, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

St. Louis made a coaching change early in O'Reilly's first season, firing Mike Yeo on Nov. 20 and replacing him with Craig Berube. They were last in the NHL on Jan. 3.

"The first part of that season you could tell how much guys cared, how much guys wanted to win," O'Reilly said. "Playing top teams, we made it very difficult on them. We saw we could get to them and beat those teams. So it gave us a lot of belief. We liked those games that were tight and physical and hard-hitting. We knew that was playoffs, what it was like. So we just knew we had to get in and go from there."

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The Blues qualified as the second-place team from the Central Division, then eliminated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks before defeating the Boston Bruins in seven games to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1967. 

"Looking back on last year, our situation, you could tell around this time, we were starting to get close," O'Reilly said. "Things were starting to click a bit. You could tell when we did play well how effective we were against some of the top teams in the League. Seeing that kind of unravel, we knew sometimes things would click and then we'd get some momentum and that's exactly what happened."

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It's a lot easier to be at the top of the standings than working their way back from the bottom, even if that means the Blues have significantly more pressure on them.

"Obviously we made a great push and got in the playoffs," O'Reilly said. "This year, having [had] our group together more has been so good. We just know our identity. And when things don't go well, we're able to get back to it a lot quicker, hence why we've been able to be at the top of the division and maintain it."


Source: O'Reilly back at All-Star Game confident Blues can repeat as Cup champs



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