With the NHL pausing the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, NHL.com will be tracking gaming activity from around the hockey world. From teams to media personalities to players, this daily digest has you covered with highlights from the sports gaming community.
Week 5 schedule set for Player Gaming Challenge
The matchups for Week 5 of the NHL Player Gaming Challenge have been unveiled:
-- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour will face New Jersey Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.
-- Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele will face Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Both matches will be streamed on the NHL's Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Premiere accounts.
Player Gaming Challenge results so far
-Match 1: Brady Tkachuk (OTT) defeats Matthew Tkachuk, Noah Hanifin (CGY)
-Match 2: Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns (DAL) defeat Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-Reese (PIT)
-Match 3: Filip Forsberg (NSH) defeats J.T. Compher (COL)
-Match 4: Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy (BOS) defeat Clayton Keller, Conor Garland (ARI)
-Match 5: Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) defeats Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH)
-Match 6: Cam Fowler (ANA) defeats Evander Kane (SJS)
-Match 7: Drake Caggiula, Alex DeBrincat (CHI) defeat Michael Amadio, Blake Lizotte (LAK)
-Match 8: Madison Bowey (DET) defeats Devan Dubnyk (MIN)
-Match 9: Caleb Jones, Darnell Nurse (EDM) defeat Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks, NFL)
-Match 10: James van Riemsdyk (PHI) defeats Zach Hyman (TOR)
-Match 11: Ryan Reaves, Alex Tuch (VGK) defeat Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette (VAN)
-Match 12: Colton Parayko, Robert Thomas (STL) defeat Victor Mete, Nick Suzuki (MTL)
2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship playoffs set
Players from 16 countries qualified for the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship playoffs, which begin on Friday.
Each country has one team of two players on XBOX and PS4 that will be competing for the title and a host of prizes, including two VIP tickets to a 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round game, two national team jerseys from Nike and $1,000 USD.
The first four games will feature Kazakhstan vs. Russia, Finland vs. Great Britain, Slovakia vs. Latvia and Switzerland vs. Norway.
The following week, the round of 16 continues with USA vs. Canada, Germany vs. Denmark, Sweden vs. Italy and Belarus vs. Czech Republic. JOHNWAYNE90 from Caps Gaming will represent the United States.
Players who lose in the semi-final round will receive $210. The second place finishers will receive two tickets each to the to a 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round game, two official national team jerseys from Nike and $600. All finalists will also receive an IIHF Esports Fan Championship puck.
Games will be streamed on the IIHF Twitch channel. For more information and the complete list of players, visit the IIHF tournament website.
Islanders, Oilers dynasties go head to head
The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders each won the Stanley Cup four times in the 1980s and now the teams will go head-to-head in NHL 20 to revisit the debate of which team was better.
The rematch of the 1984 Stanley Cup Final, won by the Oilers in five games to end the Islanders' run of four straight championships, will take place June 1 at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on MSG Network, Facebook and Twitter.
There will also be interviews with alumni. For more information, click here.
Lemieux to host NHL '94 event for charity
The Mario Lemieux Foundation, which is dedicated to cancer research and patient care, will host an online NHL '94 tournament across two weekends in June. The first round of the tournament is set to begin June 6, and the final round will be played June 13.
A $19.94 donation to the foundation will serve as an entry fee. Read more here.