Capitals: 3 bold predictions for NHL Player Gaming Challenge

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals will sort of have a game on Saturday afternoon thanks to the virtual world.

Evgeny Kuznetsov will represent the Washington Capitals in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. as the Caps superstar will take on Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers.

This is sure to be an exciting matchup and Kuznetsov will look to represent the Caps proudly in the virtual world as they continue to set the standard during the pause.

We’ve seen them simulate NHL 20 games, Alex Ovechkin has gone up against Wayne Gretzky in NHL 20 and now we get Evgeny Kuznetsov on the league stage. Here are three bold predictions for this afternoon.

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#1 The matchup will take three games

This exciting matchup will take three games to decide the winner. Evgeny Kuznetsov will take the first game while Jonathan Huberdeau will bounce back and take the second game. This will set up for a third game for all the marbles. That third game will go to overtime as a matter of fact.

#2 You will see Kuznetsov break out the bird celly

One thing you’ll see in Game 1 is Kuznetsov score two goals himself. After the second goal, Kuzetsov will break out his world famous bird celebration. Game 1 will be a 6-4 Capitals victory with Alex Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana, Tom Wilson, and T.J. Oshie also scoring the goals.

Game 2 will see Kuznetsov go up 2-0 before Huberdeau goes on a tear in a 7-4 win. In the loss, Kuznetsov, Ovechkin, Lars Eller, and Vrana score.

#3 Kuznetsov will come out on top

In that third game, Kuznetsov will come out on top in overtime and he will score the game-winning goal himself on a snipe from in front of the net. With that said, Kuznetsov would advance to the next round.

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Enjoy the “game” Capitals fans and best of luck to Kuznetsov! Catch the game at 3 p.m. on the NHL’s Twitch channel.