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The N*if*HL: Trouble A-Bruin

Hello and welcome to the N*if*HL! Since the real thing has been “paused” we’re running daily (well, almost daily) simulations on EA’s NHL20 video game of the NHL schedule as it would have played out through March and into April and the Stanley Cup playoffs with a particular focus on the Winnipeg Jets (this is a Jets fan site after all). You can read the full intro to our “what if” league here and feel free to share this with hockey fans all around.)

The Boston Bruins are cruising to a third ever Presidents Trophy as they cruise through California.

Thanks to back-to-back wins in California over the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, the B’s are eight points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning both for the Atlantic Division lead as well as the N*if*HL’s overall points race.

Tampa Bay did the Winnipeg Jets a little bit of a favor, limiting the Vancouver Canucks to a single point in their overtime win out in B.C.

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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild have snuck into a Wild Card spot thanks to a shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Nashville Predators continue to struggle a bit.

The Florida Panthers rebounded from their loss in Winnipeg to beat the Buffalo Sabres, but the Toronto Maple Leafs kept pace themselves with a critical win over the New York Islanders. The Leafs remain two points out of a playoff spot after all was said and done on Thursday March, 19.

 

The Scoreboard

(For March 18, 2020)

Edmonton Oilers

3

1st: L. Draisaitl (R. Shehan) (3:38)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: C. McDavid (Z. Kassian) (8:11) | E. Bear (A. Anthanasiou, J. Archibald) (16:08)

Ottawa Senators 

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: A. Duclair (C. Brown, T. Chabot) (7:41)
3rd: No Scoring

Pittsburgh Penguins

4

1st: S. Crosby (D.Simon, B. Rust) (PPG) (4:23)
2nd: B. Tanev (Unassisted) (SHG) (9:27)
3rd: P. Marleau (B. Tanev, J. Johnson) (0:52) | B. Rust (E. Malkin, M. Pettersson) (16:08)

New York Rangers 

3

1st: C. Kreider (M. Zibanejad, J. Fast) (2:28) | P. Di Giuseppe (Unassisted) (6:27)
2nd: M. Zibanejad (P. Buchnevich, A. Fox) (11:46)
3rd: No Scoring

Tampa Bay Lightning (OT)

3

1st: T. Johnson (Y. Gourde) (9:02)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: A. Killorn (N. Kucherov) (12:22)
OT: S. Stamkos (B. Point, V. Hedman) (4:19)

Vancouver Canucks

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: B. Horvat (E. Pettersson) (PPG) (1:26) | L. Eriksson (Q. Hughes, T. Toffoli) (7:08)

Vegas Golden Knights

0

Coyotes Shutout: Darcy Kuemper – 47 Saves

Arizona Coyotes

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: T. Hall (C. Garland) (4:52) | B. Hayton (O. Ekman-Larsson, P. Kessel) (17:24)
3rd: T. Hall (C. Dvorak, C. Garland) (ENG) (19:45)

Boston Bruins

5

1st: K. Kuhlman (D. Krejci, N. Ritchie) (3:48) | D. Pastrnak (B. Marchand, Z. Chara) (5:28)
2nd: A. Bjork (T. Krug, J. DeBrusk) (7:36)
3rd: D. Pastrnak (B. Marchand) (7:25) | P. Bergeron (D. Pastrnak, C. McAvoy) (12:10)

Anaheim Ducks

2

1st: K. Sherwood (R. Getzlaf, J. Manson) (19:28)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: D. Heinen (A. Henrique, B. Guhle) (6:39)

 

(For March 19, 2020)

New York Islanders

3

1st: A. Lee (D. Brassard, J. Eberle) (9:26)
2nd: M. Dal Colle (J. Pageau) (4:38)
3rd: J. Pageau (A. Lee, B. Nelson) (2:47)

Toronto Maple Leafs

4

1st: A. Kerfoot (K. Kapanen, P. Engvall) (13:58)
2nd: Z. Hyman (R. Sandin, A. Matthews) (9:51) | W. Nylander (J. Tavares, A. Matthews) (PPG) (14:20)
3rd: A. Matthews (M. Marner, J. Holl) (2:21)

Buffalo Sabres

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: J. Eichel (S. Reinhart, D. Kahun) (0:29)

Florida Panthers

2

1st: J. Huberdeau (N. Acciari, K. Yandle) (8:11) | A. Barkov (M. Hoffman, J. Huberdeau) (16:04)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Calgary Flames

3

1st: M. Backlund (M. Tkachuk, E. Lindholm) (2:50) | T. Brodie (M. Giordano, A. Mangiapane) (13:29)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Lucic (D. Ryan, E. Gustafsson) (14:19)

New Jersey Devils

2

1st: J. Bratt (P. Zacha, N. Gusev) (4:52)
2nd: K. Palmieri (N. Hischier) (PPG) (7:28)
3rd: No Scoring

St. Louis Blues

4

1st: A. Steen (O. Sundqvist, J. Kyrou) (1:20) | J. Schwartz (A. Pietrangelo) (13:29)
2nd: Z. Stanford (R. Thomas) (2:78)
3rd: A. Pietrangelo (C. Gunnarsson, R. O’Reilly) (19:19)

Carolina Hurricanes (SO)

5

1st: N. Niederreiter (M. Necas, J. Slavin) (3:28) | S. Aho (A. Svechnikov, T. Teravainen) (4:19)
2nd: K. Palmieri (N. Niederreiter) (PPG) (7:28)
3rd: R. Dzingel (J. Staal, B. McGinn) (6:40)
SO: Carolina wins 3-1

Washington Capitals

3

1st: C. Hagelin (L. Eller, I. Kovalchuk) (4:08) | T. Oshie (J. Carlson, N. Backstrom) (8:26)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: A. Ovechkin (J. Varana, T. Oshie) (PPG) (ENG)(19:49)

Columbus Blue Jackets

1

1st: P. Dubois (N. Foligno, Z. Werenski) (9:41)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Colorado Avalanche

5

1st: J. Donskoi (J. Compher, T. Jost) (0:42) | N. MacKinnon (G. Landeskog, T. Jost) (11:10)
2nd: G. Landeskog (N. MacKinnon, A. Burakovsky) (6:31) | N. MacKinnon (G. Landeskog, T. Jost) (18:30)
3rd: C. Makar (G. Landeskog) (PPG) (3:19)

Nashville Predators

2

1st: R. Johansen (M. Granlund, F. Forsberg) (17:33)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: R. Josi (Unassisted) (6:28)

Minnesota Wild

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: K. Fiala (M. Koivu, A. Galchenyuk) (4:50) | E. Staal (J. Greenway, M. Dumba) (14:51)
3rd: Z. Parise (R. Suter) (7:23)

Chicago Blackhawks

0

Wild Shutout: Devan Dubnyk – 31 Saves

Boston Bruins

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: J. Debrusk (Unassisted) (7:26)
3rd: M. Grzelcyk (A. Bjork, N. Ritchie) (0:27) | D. Pastrnak (P. Bergeron, B. Marchand) (PPG) (8:10)

Los Angeles Kings

2

1st: M. Frk (A. Iafallo, A. Kopitar) (11:33)
2nd: D. Brown (A. Iafallo) (1:07)
3rd: No Scoring

Montreal Canadiens

3

1st: J. Armia (N. Suzuki, B. Chiarot) (5:28)
2nd: B. Kulak (J. Drouin, J. Armia) (9:11)
3rd: T. Tatar (B. Gallagher, J. Armia) (3:06)

San Jose Sharks (OT)

4

1st: A. True (S. Noesen) (12:21)
2nd: T. Meier (J. Thornton, D. Gambrell) (1:33)
3rd: M. Vlasic (N. Gregor, J. Kellman) (17:22)
OT: L. Couture (E. kane) (4:17)

 

 

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The Standings

(After games played March 19, 2020)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Boston Bruins 74 48 14 12 108 48
Tampa Bay Lightning 74 47 21 6 100 45
Florida Panthers 74 38 28 8 84 35
Toronto Maple Leafs 73 37 27 9 83 36
Montreal Canadiens 75 32 32 11 75 28
Buffalo Sabres 74 30 36 8 68 28
Ottawa Senators 74 25 37 12 62 24
Detroit Red Wings 74 17 52 5 39 14
Metropolitan Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Washington Capitals 73 45 20 8 98 41
Philadelphia Flyers 73 43 23 7 93 38
Pittsburgh Penguins 73 43 24 6 92 40
Carolina Hurricanes (WC1) 73 42 25 6 90 36
New York Islanders (WC2) 73 37 25 11 85 34
Columbus Blue Jackets 74 34 25 15 83 34
New York Rangers 73 37 31 5 79 36
New Jersey Devils 74 29 32 13 71 25

Western Conference

Central Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
St. Louis Blues 75 44 20 11 99 42
Colorado Avalanche 74 45 21 8 98 44
Dallas Stars 73 39 26 8 86 36
Winnipeg Jets (WC1) 74 39 29 6 84 36
Minnesota Wild (WC2) 74 37 28 9 83 35
Nashville Predators 73 37 28 8 82 34
Chicago Blackhawks 74 33 32 9 75 29
Pacific Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Vegas Golden Knights 75 42 25 8 92 39
Edmonton Oilers 75 40 26 9 89 38
Calgary Flames 75 39 29 7 85 32
Vancouver Canucks 73 37 28 8 82 33
Arizona Coyotes 74 36 29 9 81 31
Anaheim Ducks 74 31 34 9 71 26
San Jose Sharks 74 32 37 5 69 30
Los Angeles Kings 73 30 36 7 67 28