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The N*if*HL: “I’m Going To Build My Own NHL With Blackjack and Hookers”

With COVID-19 causing a suspension – or as Uncle Gary B would like to say: *pausing* – of the National Hockey League, there are questions on when and maybe even if we will see the completion of the 2019-20 season. If things improve in the next 30 to 60 days, there is a solid chance that we could see some sort of completion, but what that might look like will be anyone’s guess.

I myself am not the type to wait around to have other people figure it out. Also with no actual sports on my TV, I am bored as heck. Thankfully, I have a copy of EA Sports’ NHL 20 and with all this time on my hands, I’ve realized that we don’t even need actual hockey* when I can just simulate the rest of the season on my XBox!

So that is what we’ll have here every night until the real thing comes back, or until we play this whole thing out to the awarding for the Stanley Cup in June.

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All games from the time of the league suspension (March 12, 2020) will be simulated using NHL 20 and the rosters that were set by EA on February 25, 2020. (If EA updates the rosters again, the latest roster update will be used.) Games will be computer simmed (no player input on either team) with eight minute periods at Superstar level – this seemed to produce the most realistic result with goals and shots.

(Also one note about standings: I’m already committing way more time to this than my wife thinks is sane by letting my XBox play out all these games while I am wait for the answers to the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and why people keep leaving Alex Ovechkin open on the power play… So I’m not going to figure out points percentages and all that jazz because wins and regulation wins will end up being the tiebreakers. So no messaging me on Twitter about how the Islanders should be in the second wild card spot over the Blue Jackets. Right now I don’t care *that* much.)

And of course being that this is a Jets blog, emphasis on these nightly recaps will focus on the Jets push for a playoff spot… But you’ll see that later tonight.

(* I am very much kidding, please come back hockey. We need you.)

Playing a little bit of catch-up…

So obviously this post was published on Saturday morning and we’ve gone two full nights without hockey already, so there is some catching up we need to do. Here’s how Thursday the 12th, and Friday the 13th would have played out had we actual NHL action playing…


The Scoreboard

(For March 12, 2020)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

3

1st: F. Forsberg (R. Johansen, M. Granlund) (6:59)
2nd: C. Smith (N. Bonino, R. Grimaldi) (16:21)
3rd: F. Forsberg (K. Turris, M. Duchene) (6:14)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

0

Predators Shutout: P. Rinne – 37 Saves

Buffalo Sabres

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Eichel (S. Reinhart) (1:34)
3rd: C. Lazar (W. Simmonds, J. Skinner) (11:22)

Montreal Canadiens

5

1st: P. Danault (S. Weber, B. Chiarot) (1:25) | J. Weal (M. Domi) (5:25) | A. Lehkonen (M. Domi) (14:52) | N. Suzuki (Unassisted) (17:06)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Domi (P. Danault, J. Petry) (ENG) (19:42)

Philadelphia Flyers

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: K. Hayes (M. Niskanen, T. Konecny) (3:26)
3rd: No Scoring

Tampa Bay Lightning

4

1st: No Scoring
2nd: A. Cirelli (A. Killorn) (9:32) | S. Stamkos (B. Point) (13:46) (PPG)
3rd: V. Hedman (E. Cernak, A. Cirelli) (5:19) | P. Maroon (Unassisted) (10:04)

Carolina Hurricanes (OT)

2

1st: J. Staal (J. Williams, W. Foegele) (18:42)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring
OT: A. Svechnikov (Unassisted) 2:03

New Jersey Devils

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Bratt (N. Gusev, N. Merkley) (12:07)
3rd: No Scoring

Detroit Red Wings

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: V. Filppula (T. Bertuzzi) (6:32)

Washington Capitals

6

1st: J. Vrana (T. Oshie, B. Dillon) (1:11) | I. Kovalchuk (A. Ovechkin, N. Jensen) (4:28) | A. Ovechkin (E. Kuznetsonv, T. Wilson) (17:49)
2nd: N. Backstrom (A. Ovechkin, J. Carlson) (6:31) (PPG) | J. Vrana (T. Oshie) (14:42)
3rd: C. Hagelin (L. Eller, G. Hathaway) (16:36)

Pittsburgh Penguins

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: B. Rust (E. Malkin, J. Schultz) (4:37)
3rd: K. Letang (P. Hornqvist, B. Rust) (2:53) (PPG) | S. Crosby (J. Zucker) (18:42)

Columbus Blue Jackets

2

1st: B. Jenner (N. Gerbe) (11:24)
2nd: N. Foligno (P. Dubois, G. Nyquist) (16:02)
3rd: No Scoring

Vegas Golden Knights

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Marchessault (R. Smith) (6:42) | N. Schmidt (W. Karlsson, M. Stone) (15: 28)
3rd: No Scoring

Minnesota Wild

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: Z. Parise (M. Koivu) (7:19)

Florida Panthers

0

Stars Shutout: B. Bishop – 42 Saves

Dallas Stars

2

1st: J. Benn (D. Gurianov, E. Lindell) (15:03)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Heiskanen (M. Janmark, D. Gurianov (PPG)) (8:37)

NY Islanders

3

1st: A. Lee (M. Barzal, J. Eberle) (3:48) | B. Nelson (Unassisted) 19:21
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Dal Colle (D. Toews, J. Pageau) (10:08)

Calgary Flames (SO)

4

1st: A. Mangiapae (M. Tkachuk, M. Backlund) (12:52)
2nd: M. Lucic (D. Dube) (16:27) | E. Lindholm (J. Gaudreau, T. Brodie) (18:06)
3rd: No Scoring
Flames win shootout 2-1

Vancouver Canucks

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: B. Horvat (T. Pearson, Q. Hughes) (14:51)
3rd: No Scoring

Arizona Coyotes

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: C. Keller (N. Schmaltz) (7:22)
3rd: C. Keller (D. Sephan, N. Schmaltz) (3:11) |  T. Hall (C. Garland, A. Goligoski) (19:38) (ENG)

 

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(For March 13, 2020)

Boston Bruins

4

1st: D. Pastrnak (B. Marchand) (0:53) | B. Marchand (T. Krug, J. DeBrusk) (12:51) (PPG)
2nd: P. Bergeron (T. Krug C. Coyle) (3:26) (PPG)
3rd: C. McAvoy (K. Kuhlman, J. Debrusk) (2:48)

Buffalo Sabres

2

1st: J. Vessey (M. Johansson, B. Montour) (5:27)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: S. Reinhart (R. Dahlin, J. Eichel) (14:48) (PPG)

San Jose Sharks

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: K. Lablanc (Unassisted) (5:57)
3rd: No Scoring

St. Louis Blues

4

1st: R. Thomas (D. Perron) (4:29) | A. Steen (J. Kyrou, C. Parayko) (5:53) | C. Gunnarsson (A. Pietrangelo, R. O’Reilly) (17:47)
2nd: R. O’Reilly (D. Perron, B. Schenn) (12:57) (PPG)
3rd: No Scoring

Ottawa Senators

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: C. Tierney (C. Brown) (16:35)
3rd: No Scoring

Chicago Blackhawks

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: B. Saad (P. Kane, K. Dach) (1:29) | A. Debrincat (K. Dach, C. Murphy) (4:32)

Vancouver Canucks

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: A. Roussel (J. Virtanen, T. Toffoli) (16:23)
3rd: T. Toffoli (B. Horvat, Q. Hughes) (18:49) (PPG)

Colorado Avalanche (OT)

3

1st: J. Compher (Unassisted) (10:52) | G. Landeskog (C. Makar, V. Nichushkin) (18:02) (PPG)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring
OT: N. Mackinnon (G. Landeskog) (4:26)

NY Islanders

0

Oilers Shutout: M. Smith – 28 Saves

Edmonton Oilers

4

1st: L. Draisaitl (R. Nugent-Hopkins) (7:52) | A. Athanasiou (C. McDavid, E. Bear) (12:38) | C. McDavid (D. Nurse, L. Draisaitl) (17:04) (PPG)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: R. Shehan (T. Ennis, J. Archibald) (3:52)

 


 

The Standings

(After games played March 13, 2020)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Boston Bruins 71 45 14 12 102 45
Tampa Bay Lightning 71 44 21 6 94 42
Toronto Maple Leafs 71 36 26 9 81 35
Florida Panthers 70 35 27 8 78 32
Montreal Canadiens 72 32 31 9 73 28
Buffalo Sabres 71 30 33 8 68 28
Ottawa Senators 72 25 35 12 62 24
Detroit Red Wings 72 17 50 5 39 14
Metropolitan Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Washington Capitals 70 42 20 8 92 38
Philadelphia Flyers 70 41 22 7 89 36
Pittsburgh Penguins 70 41 23 6 88 38
Carolina Hurricanes (WC1) 69 39 25 5 83 34
Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2) 71 33 23 15 81 33
New York Islanders 70 35 24 11 81 32
New York Rangers 70 37 28 5 79 36
New Jersey Devils 70 28 29 13 69 24

Western Conference

Central Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
St. Louis Blues 72 43 19 10 96 41
Colorado Avalanche 71 43 20 8 94 42
Dallas Stars 70 38 24 8 84 36
Winnipeg Jets (WC1) 71 37 28 6 80 34
Nashville Predators (WC2) 70 36 26 8 80 33
Minnesota Wild 70 35 28 7 77 33
Chicago Blackhawks 71 33 30 8 74 29
Pacific Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Vegas Golden Knights 72 40 24 8 88 37
Edmonton Oilers 72 38 25 9 85 36
Calgary Flames 71 37 27 7 81 30
Vancouver Canucks 71 36 28 7 79 32
Arizona Coyotes 71 34 29 8 76 29
Anaheim Ducks 71 29 33 9 67 24
Los Angeles Kings 70 29 35 6 64 28
San Jose Sharks 71 29 37 5 63 27