Indian Premier League IPL 2019 playoff scenarios: Mumbai Indians hurt Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals’ chances

first_img New Delhi: Mumbai Indians changed the entire scenario regarding the playoff race by beating Chennai Super Kings. Their 46-run win has also dented Chennai Super Kings’ net run-rate and it has also ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are on the brink of elimination. Sunrisers Hyderabad now holds the key in the playoff race and a win against Rajasthan Royals will knock Steve Smith’s side out while for the bottom three teams, a loss in either of the games knocks them out. Here is what each team must do in order to seal a spot in the playoffs.Chennai Super KingsPosition: 1P – 12, W – 8, L – 4, Points – 16Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 1), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 5)What they must do: MS Dhoni’s absence hurt Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians and their 46-run loss has dented their net run-rate as well. A loss in their last two games and big wins for Sunrisers Hyderabad could hurt their playoff chances.RELATEDMumbai IndiansPosition: 2P – 11, W- 7, L-4, Points: 14Remaining games: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (April 28), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 2), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 5)What they must do: Mumbai Indians have effectively changed the entire complexion of the playoff race with their win against Chennai Super Kings. A win in either of their last three games will seal a playoff spot for them. For the bottom ranked teams, a loss in either game will result in their elimination.Delhi CapitalsPosition: 3P -11, W – 7, L – 4, Points – 14Remaining games: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (April 28), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 1), vs Rajasthan Royals (May 4)What they must do: A win for Delhi Capitals against Royal Challengers Bangalore will not only knock Virat Kohli’s side, but they can also seal their playoff spot. If Delhi Capitals lose their remaining games and Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad win their remaining games, then they can be eliminated.Sunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -10, W – 5, L – 5, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Rajasthan Royals (April 27), vs Kings XI Punjab (April 29), vs Mumbai Indians (May 2), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins against Rajasthan Royals, they eliminate Steve Smith’s side from the tournament. They must win three out of four encounters in order to stay in contention. If they lose more than one game, their chances of reaching the last four will take a big hit.Kings XI PunjabPosition: 5P – 11, W – 5, L – 6, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (April 29), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 3), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do:  Their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad is vital. A loss will dent their prospects in a big way. They have to win all their three games. A loss in one game could mean that Kings XI Punjab will have to rely on other results, notably Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians losing more than two games each.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 6P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (April 29), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 3), vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: With their sixth straight loss, Kolkata Knight Riders are in a do-or-die situation. A loss against Mumbai Indians will eliminate them and they will be hoping to snap their losing streak. However, their poor record against Mumbai Indians makes their task even harder.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 7P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (April 27), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (April 30), vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: Rajasthan Royals have kept their playoff hopes alive with a win against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, they will be hoping Royal Challengers Bangalore and either of Kings XI Punjab or Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their remaining games in order to seal a spot in the top four.Royal Challengers BangalorePosition: 8P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (April 28), vs Rajasthan Royals (April 30), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 4)What they must do: A loss in either game and they will be eliminated from the playoffs. If they win all their remaining games, they will have to hope Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their remaining games. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Mumbai Indians have moved to second spot in the points table.Chennai Super Kings are still on top in the points table.Sunrisers Hyderabad can eliminate Rajasthan Royals from the playoff race.last_img read more

NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2020: Start time, participants, events, TV channel

first_imgOn Jan. 24 the NHL’s stars will hit the ice in St. Louis for the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.Players will compete in five individual events with the winner taking home a prize of $30,000. This year the event will showcase a new skill challenge called “Shooting Stars” where players will aim for targets on the ice from an elevated platform behind a goal. The night will also see the United States and Canada faceoff in an Elite Women’s 3-on-3 game where nine skaters and one goalie from the respective country’s national teams will compete. Contestants: David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins), Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators), Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues), David Perron (St. Louis Blues) and Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs).* Canada and the United States women’s team participants are yet to be announced. One player from each nation will take part in the event.What TV channel is the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition on?The NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be aired nationally on NBCSN in the United States. CBC, Sportsnet and TVAS will carry the competition for Canadian viewers. St. Louis, which captured the 2019 Stanley Cup, will host the All-Star weekend festivities for the third time. The All-Star Game was last held in Missouri in 1988 and 1970 at St. Louis Arena.MORE: NHL Power Rankings heading into All-Star GameHere’s everything you need to know about the 2020 NHL ALL-Star Skills competition, including the events and TV information.When is the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition?The NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 beginning at 8 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.What is the order of the 2020 NHL Skills Competition events?1. Fastest Skater2. Save Streak3. Accuracy Shooting4. Hardest Shot5. Shooting StarsWhat is each 2020 NHL Skills Competition event?Fastest SkaterIn a timed event, eight skaters will individually skate one full lap with the fastest time being declared the winner. Last year, USA Hockey’s Kendall Coyne-Schofield replaced Nathan MacKinnon to become the first woman to officially participate in the skills competition and finished in seventh . The Oilers’ Connor McDavid has won the event the last three years but Detroit’s Dylan Larkin holds the record at 13.172 seconds.2019 winner: Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) — 13.378 secondsContestants: Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Matthew Barzal (New York Islanders), Chris Kreider (New York Rangers), Anthony Duclair (Ottawa Senators), Travis Konecny (Philadelphia Flyers) and Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks).Save StreakAt least one goalie from each division will face an opposing division and a minimum of nine shootout attempts. The winner is determined by whoever makes the most consecutive saves. If the last of the original nine shooters — which will be the captain — is stopped, the netminder keeps facing shooters until a goal is scored because their turn cannot end on a save. This year marks the third time the event will be held; Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury captured the title in 2018 with 14 consecutive saves.2019 winner:  Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) — 12 consecutive savesContestants: David Rittich (Calgary Flames), Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues), Andrei Vasilevsky (Tampa Bay Lightning), Frederick Anderson (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks), Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) and Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets).Accuracy ShootingEight players will compete to hit all four targets in the corners of the net. The one to hit all four — in whichever order they choose — the quickest, wins the event. Back in 2011, the time element was added and Daniel Sedin set the record that still stands with four targets in 7.3 seconds.2019 winner:  David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins) — 11.309 secondsContestants: Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes), Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit Red Wings), Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers), Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils), Tomas Hertl (San Jose Sharks), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) and Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets).Hardest ShotA minimum of four players will attempt to record the fastest speed (in miles per hour) on one of two shooting attempts. One of only two events dating back to the original 1990 competition — along with accuracy — the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara holds the record for when his shot hit 108.8 mph on the radar gun in 2012. St. Louis’ Al MacInnis won the event seven times during his career; Chara is a five-time winner. 2019 winner: John Carlson (Washington Capitals) — 102.8 mphContestants: Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames), Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets), Shea Weber (Montreal Canadiens), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning), Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks) and John Carlson (Washington Capitals).Shooting StarsIn a new event for 2020, eight NHL All-Stars and one member from each women’s team will shoot pucks at targets on the ice from an elevated platform behind a goal that will be approximately 30 feet above the ice. The targets will have different point values — no points will be awarded if the puck does not hit a target or hits its base — and each player will get seven shot attempts. Pucks can deflect or bounce onto or into a target to garner points and players can hit the same target more than once.last_img read more