The NHL is moving up its All-Star skills competition and game next season.
After years of holding the skills competition on Saturday night and the All-Star Game on Sunday, the NHL is moving each event up a day for the 2019 weekend hosted by the San Jose Sharks. The skills competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and the game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SAP Center.
The league announced the change Monday.
Luke Walton’s team was already playing without Lonzo Ball (knee contusion), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and Isaiah Thomas (hip) when it lost Kyle Kuzma in the third quarter to a mild left ankle sprain.
Kuzma, who was already playing through a sprained right ankle, had X-rays that were negative on his left ankle. Butler was available to play Thursday night, but the Wolves opted to keep the guard out for one more game to be safe. Minnesota lost that game 100-96 at Denver.
With Butler back in the starting lineup, all five of Minnesota’s starters scored in double figures.
Jeff Teague had 25 points and eight assists and Karl-Anthony Towns put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks after a slow start. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves.
Romero appeared in two games this season for the Nationals, allowing three runs over two innings for a 13.50 ERA. In 55 appearances for Washington since the beginning of 2017, he was 2-4 with two saves and a 3.90 ERA.
Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Their general manager, Eric Tillman, was among the NFL and CFL representatives in attendance. A total of 17 NFL teams have sent scouts to practices, according to Spring League CEO Brian Woods.
Manziel attended high school about two hours away in Kerrville, Texas, and most of the estimated 2,500 in attendance Saturday at Kelly Reeves Stadium appeared to be in support of their local hero. Manziel showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability, leaving the pocket twice to complete passes — including the touchdown — while also producing scrambles of 11 and 10 yards. The competition was inferior to what he would face in the NFL or CFL, but he gave scouts of both leagues an important check-in on his progress.