With the news that the New York Islanders will play all of their home games at Nassau Coliseum for the 2021 season, many wondered if EA Sports NHL 21 would replace Barclays Center with the old barn. Today, via an early access look at NHL 21, we discovered that the Coliseum is indeed in the game. Our apologized to Islanders fans but these screenshots come from a Stanley Cup celebration which will certainly not make your day.
It is great to see this arena back in the game. We noticed that there is no arena name around center ice. This is likely due to the fact that the real life arena has been stripped of its NYCB Live name, and will revert back to its former name. I would imagine this will be patched in later on.
We also noticed a very strange looking scoreboard in the screenshots which looks nothing like their current board, or the previous ones. Unfortunately we didn't get a great look at it, but it makes us curious about the possibility of a new scoreboard in real life. It would seem doubtful that they would have a new board for their final season though.
Take a look at the screenshots below and tell us what you think in the comments.