ST. LOUIS — All-star weekend in St. Louis is fast approaching, and we now know what events fans can expect to see at the Friday night All-Star Skills challenge.
There will be six events this year in St. Louis, with two brand new competitions.
The popular "Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater" and "Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot" competitions are back, as well as the "Bud Light NHL Save Streak" and "Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting".
In the "Save Streak", goalies and skaters will face off in a "shootout style" scenario, where goalies compete to make the most consecutive saves.
In the "Accuracy Shooting", players will be 25 feet from the goal line, and attempt to hit LED targets placed on the goal line that will light up. The player to hit all the targets fastest will win.
The "Elite women's 3-on-3" is one of the new events this all-star weekend. Two teams, American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars, composed of nine skaters and a goalie, will compete in a 3-on-3 game consisting of two 10-minute periods with a running clock.The rosters for the this event will be announced prior to the Blues and Flyers game on Wednesday night.
The other new event is the "Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars". Ten players (eight NHL all-stars, and one player each from the Women's all-star team) will be positioned on an elevated platform about 30 feet above the ice, behind the goal. They will shoot pucks at a variety of targets on the ice, with each target assigned a different point value. There will be different values given for just how close players land a puck to a target.
We also know which Blues will be participating in each event on Friday. Jordan Binnington will take part in the "Save Streak", Alex Pietrangelo will try his hand in the "Accuracy Shooting" and David Perron and Ryan O'Reilly will compete in the "Shooting Stars". Both Matthew and Brady Tkachuk are also competing in the "Shooting Stars".
The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills competition will start at 7 p.m. central time on Friday January 24. You can watch on NBCSN.
The winner of each of the five individual events will each earn $30,000.