On January 15th, Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov joined John “JohnWayne” Casagranda of Caps Gaming to play some NHL 20 and FIFA. There was some good-natured chirping throughout the Twitch stream, as Kuznetsov and Casagranda went head-to-head, with a few interesting insights into the Capitals’ gaming habits, including Kuzy and rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov’s daily battles on both NHL 20 and FIFA.
Samsonov even mentioned the two played against each other regularly to The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell in November, saying, “He’s constantly losing. He doesn’t have enough experience. He’s playing poorly, to be honest.”
But when Scott Allen caught up with Kuznetsov after the Twitch stream, he denied that it was quite that bad. “We pretty much play every day,” Kuznetsov told Allen. “Last three days, he won one game. We play 10 times. So, suck on that, Sammy.”
However, it might not be as simple a victory as Kuznetsov is making it out to be.
“I’m not going to lie,” Kuznetsov told Casagranda, as the two played FIFA. “When [Samsonov] just came here, early in the year, he beat me bad.”
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Casagranda, of course, pressed for more details, to figure out whether the wins had evened out with them playing each other more. Kuznetsov revealed an interesting tactic for making sure Samsonov didn’t continue sweeping him.
“Now I just kind of adjust the way he’s playing,” Kuznetsov said. “Most of the time we go random teams. So that way, nobody have advantage, you know? You pick the random teams. You pick the league you go, and from there you hit three times random and from all those three teams you pick one.”
They aren’t making it a high-stakes affair. There is no “winner buys dinner” on the line.
“No,” Kuznetsov said. “But between us, it’s going to end up with the fight, you know, in the room.”
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