In coordination with ESL Gaming, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced the first-ever NHL Player Gaming Challenge. It is presented by Honda featuring NHL players representing all 31 Clubs.
The NHL Foundation and EA SPORTS are teaming up to donate a combined $100,000 in support of the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts. They are raising funds to support priority needs for public health agencies across the U.S. and Canada. Together with Hockey fans, there is great potential for this project to be a success.
Having begun on Thursday, April 30. It already had a great start. TV Play-by-Play Announcer Alex Faust is the host of the series of weekly matchups, which will release on Thursdays and Saturdays.
NBC Sports will air the second series of games, including Arizona vs Vancouver and Colorado v Pittsburgh, beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN as part of its Hockey Happy Hour programming. Sportsnet Now has committed to broadcast one match per week on its linear TV channels and all matches on Sportsnet.ca. NHL Network will also air all matches.
Weekly matchups, storylines, and broadcast details will be revealed at the beginning of each week. All featured matches also will be streamed on the NHL’s social platforms: Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Premiere, and NHL.com. Hockey and gaming fans can follow along using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome.
The NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda reminds fans to stay safe, stay home and play together ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, is providing the production, creative direction, and logistical guidance for the event. All matches will be played using PS4 gaming consoles.
Who to Bet on?
It is extremely tricky on who to bet on when it comes down to player competitions. Due to the fact that these professional players usually play the game privately their skill level is pretty much next to unknown. That is the current benefit of putting a bet on these types of esport events. The air on unpredictability can aid customers when placing a bet as the sportsbooks will not have any extra knowledge on team/player quality.
As the series of weekly matches progress and results come out the betting odds will flatten. It is better to get on the action early. In other professional sports that have run similar events, normally a handful of players seem to be avid and competitive gamers while others prefer to play more casual. Anyone who can pick out one of the more competitive gamers in the tournament early on has the potential to make some nice bank.
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Zolin v Davydov – May 1st 6 a.m.
Zolin [PGM] New York Rangers +115
Davydov [ILY] Arizona Coyotes +385
Zavgorodny v Mitrakov – May 1st 6.30 a.m.
Zavgorodny [SPB] Pittsburgh Penguins +135
Mitrakov [D1S] Colorado Avalanche +385
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