With no hockey for the foreseeable future, the Washington Capitals and NBC Sports Washington are taking matters into their own hands thanks to NHL 20.
Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington will air one-hour video game simulations of Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards NBA games featuring live simulations from NBA 2K20 and EA Sports’ NHL 20 starting this weekend.
This gameplay will be presented in alignment with the team’s remaining schedule of postponed regular season game including their opponents and dates. The games will be televised on NBC Sports Washington and available on Monumental Sports Network.
The Wizards simulations will begin on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. with the Wizards taking on the Milwaukee Bucks and be conducted through Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K20.
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As for the Capitals side of things, that will begin on Tuesday March 24 at 7 p.m. eastern when the team takes on the St. Louis Blues using EA Sports NHL 20. This matchup featuring the last two Stanley Cup champions will be a good one even if it’s in the virtual world.
The elements of the game will be all NHL 20 but the broadcast itself features commentary from the Caps announcers at NBC Sports Washington.
Zach Leonsis, the son of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Monumental Sports and Entertainment mentioned in a press release:
“We know that fans are as disappointed as we are not to be able to watch our favorite teams on a nightly basis. We hope that these fun and engaging video game simulations will entertain our fans and help provide a greater sense of normalcy during these challenging times. We hope that when people tune in and watch these simulated games, they will be able to enjoy some friendly competitive play from the comforts of their own home.”
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“We hope this content gives fans a welcome outlet for their passion and interest in the Capitals and Wizards. If the video game version of Bradley Beal and Alex Ovechkin live up to their real-life counterparts, fans should be in for a fun experience.”
No matter what you do with the NHL 20 video game, whether it’s watching the simulations or play them yourself, you’re in for a fun experience to take you outside of the real world and into the wonderful world of hockey. It’ll also be fun watching these games hearing the commentary from Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin.