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Washington Capitals defense prospect Tomas Kundratek has always been active on social media. A few years ago, to encourage more Movember donations, he offered to take his most generous fan out to for a free meal at Houlihan’s. Yes. Houlihan’s.

While in Arlington last week for Caps training camp, Kundtratek challenged some of his 8,000-plus followers to a game of NHL15 along with 18-year-old goaltender Vitek Vanecek.

Two young Caps fans, Stuart Penninger and his brother Lee, played a surreal game of virtual hockey against two pros from their favorite team. It was a birthday treat.

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Last week, some of the best hockey players in the world converged on New York City for NHL media day. Among the many things the players did was shoot a video for NHL.com where they guessed their own NHL15 player rating.

Most players were humble, but when the cameras turned to Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin he guessed 100 because what other rating could he be?

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Any excuse to get this selfie on the Internet. (Photo: @CAPLDY)

For all you Eliot Antonietti fans out there (which, let’s be honest, is all of you), I have some exciting news via @YoItsZwilly. The 6-6, 236 pound defenseman, who participated in Caps Development Camp over the summer, is in NHL15!

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What Are Your Thoughts On NHL15 So Far?

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Every year during the second Tuesday of September, I do the same exact thing. I completely forget the new NHL video game from EA Sports came out, then I frantically go to the Frederick Best Buy right before it closes and purchase it. I then play it until 2 or 3am and then have the worst insomnia ever because I’m so amped and just want to get up out of bed and play it again until work starts.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I have broken the routine this year and am sitting on the sidelines. Again, I’m not exactly sure why, but feel free to blame Tom Wilson if you want.

So here’s where you come in. Please leave in the comments your thoughts on this year’s game. Should I buy it? Should I not? Are those selfies as sexist as Wysh says they are? Are Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s hugs as sensual as they seemed in that one GIF I made last week? What ignorant things does Ray Ferraro say about the Russian machine?

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On September 9th, EA Sports will release the latest edition of their hockey franchise, NHL15. With the game jumping up to the more-powerful Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles this year, video game designers at Electronic Arts could finally push some parts of the franchise that have been lagging for a long time.

For Washington Capitals fans, that means an impeccably designed Verizon Center, the Rock The Red logo literally everywhere, and a few pesky Penguins fans invading the arena during rivalry games.

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