LOS ANGELES -- Wayne Simmonds and his fellow Metropolitan Division All-Stars will look to knock off competitors from the Atlantic, Central and Pacific Divisions at tonight’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Staples Center.
Simmonds, the lone Philly player rep at the weekend’s festivities, will participate in three events: the Skills Challenge Relay, the Four Line Challenge and the shootout. Everybody participates in that final event, a gigantic shootout that operates basically like one at the end of a regular season game. In the Skills Challenge Relay, Simmonds will be taking one-timers as part of the event’s first challenge. In the Four Line Challenge -- a new event this year -- Simmonds will shoot from center ice and attempt to score goals in any corner of the net.
In total, there are six events, each with varying point values. The team with the most points at the end of the competition will be declared the winner.
The Skills Competition can be seen on NBCSN in the United States, or streaming via NBC Live Extra or the NBC Sports app. In Canada, the event can be seen on CBC or Sportsnet. The Competition begins at 7 p.m. ET.
NHL Skills Challenge Relay
The Skills Challenge Relay is a timed relay event involving seven skaters and one goalie from each team, and it consists of four relays with five challenges each: (1) One Timers, with three shooters and one passer per team; (2) Passing, with one passer per team; (3) Puck Control, with one skater per team; (4) Stick-Handling, with one skater per team; and (5) Goalie Goals, with one goalie per team.
Simmonds will take part as a shooter in the one-timers portion of the relay, alongside Metropolitan Division teammates Seth Jones and Alex Ovechkin. He’ll be taking passes from Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers.
Here is the full breakdown of the event:
The team with the faster time in each head-to-head heat will earn one point, and the team with the fastest overall time will also earn one point.
The Four Line Challenge
This is a new event this year — replacing the always-entertaining Breakaway Challenge where players were allowed to show off their personality — and it seems ridiculously difficult. Shooters from each team will line up at one of four shooting positions: the near blue line, center ice, the far blue line and the far goal line. From the near blue line, shooters will attempt to score in the top two corners of the net, with each being worth one point. From center ice, shooters will attempt to score in any corner of the net, with goals in the lower corners worth one point and goals in the top corners worth three. From the far blue line, shooters will attempt to score in any corner or the five hole, with top corner goals worth three points and anything along the ice worth one. From the far goal line, shooters will aim for the five hole for goals worth 10 points. Goalies can be subbed in for this last shooting position, and if a goalie scores it is worth 20 points.
Simmonds will be in the center ice shooting position for the Metropolitan team.
Here are the official breakdowns from the NHL for the other events:
NHL Accuracy Shooting
Two shooters from each team will participate, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, with one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate attempts. The shooter to hit all four targets in the fastest time wins.
Points Available: 6 -- The winner of each match-up scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point for his team. If a player breaks Daniel Sedin’s record of 7.3 seconds, they score one bonus point for their team.
NHL Fastest Skater
Two players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The race track for the head-to-head match-ups is the border of the rink split in half lengthways. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head match-ups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Dylan Larkin’s record (13.172 seconds). If, at the completion of the event, two skaters are tied for the fastest overall time, both skaters will skate a full lap of the rink in an attempt to break the historical best record.
Points Available: 6 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Dylan Larkin’s record of 13.172 seconds, an additional bonus point will be awarded to his team.
NHL Hardest Shot
Two shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head match-up. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded.
Points Available: 6 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the player who has the hardest shot scores one bonus point; if a player breaks Zdeno Chara’s record of 108.8 mph, they score one bonus point for their team.
The final event of the evening will be the NHL Shootout, and every player participates for goals worth one each.