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The N*if*HL: Jets Move Into Tie For Third In Central

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.)

For a second straight game, the Winnipeg Jets made the final a little closer than it really needed to be with some questionable defending in their own end, but did just enough on offense to pull out a big 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Jets not only gain ground not only in the Western conference Wild Card race, but also in the Central division race where they suddenly find themselves tied with the Dallas Stars for third place after the Stars still struggled to score against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Jets and Wild started off a bit tentative as both teams appeared to not want to make the first big mistake and fall behind early. It also didn’t hurt that both Connor Hellebuyck and Devan Dubnyk were both strong in goal.

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After a scoreless first, it took the Wild opening up the scoring in the second to get the Jets playing a more aggressive game. The line of Andrew Copp, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers continues to pay dividends for head coach Paul Maurice as Laine finished off a beautiful give-and-go play to get the game square at one after forty minutes of play. As key as Hellebuyck’s play in the first period was for the Jets, the Wild could have been much worse off if not for Dubnyk.

In the third the Jets continued to pour it on with a series of great scoring chances and a pair of goals to go up 3-1 a little over halfway through the final frame, but again it felt like the home side took their foot off the pedal and went back into a defensive shell that allowed the Wild to get back into the game and press for a tying goal late. Thankfully that third Wild goal never came and the Jets hang on for their second win in as many games.

 

Minnesota Wild – 2
Winnipeg Jets – 3

FIRST PERIOD

Scoring
None

Penalties
WPG – 5:25 – Adam Lowry (Slashing)

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Shots
MIN: 11 – WPG: 9

SECOND PERIOD

Scoring
MIN – 7:19 – Matt Zuccarello – Assists: Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno
WPG – 12:55 – Patrik Laine (29) – Assists: Nikolaj Ehlers (36)

Penalties
WPG – 2:46 – Nikolaj Ehlers (Tripping)

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Shots
MIN: 12 (23) – WPG: 18 (27)

THIRD PERIOD

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Scoring
WPG – 1:47 – Andrew Copp (12) – Assists: Nikolaj Ehlers (37), Patrik Laine (39)
WPG – 10:11 – Jack Roslovic (14) – Assists: Mason Appleton (5) , Nathan Beaulieu (8)
MIN – 17:09 – Kevin Fiala – Assist: Alexander Galchenyuk

Penalties
MIN – 2:49 – Matt Zuccarello (Hooking)
MIN – 11:15 – Zach Parise (Hooking)
MIN – 12:33 – Jordan Greenway (Charging)

Shots
MIN: 9 (32) – WPG: 16 (43)

GOALIES

W – Connor Hellebuyck (30 of 32)
L – Devon Dubnyk (40 of 43)

THREE STARS

1st – Connor Hellebuyck
2nd – Patrik Laine
3rd – Jack Roslovic

OTHER GAME STATS

Hits
MIN: 10 – WPG: 14

Time on attack
MIN: 6:43 – WPG: 8:12

Faceoffs
FLA: 18 – WPG: 23

Powerplay
FLA: 0/2 – WPG: 0/3


Here are the rest of the scores and standings after Friday and Saturday’s games…

The Scoreboard

(For March 20, 2020)

New York Rangers

1

1st: A. Panarin (J. Fast, J. Trouba) (6:25)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Pittsburgh Penguins

4

1st: B. Tanev (P. Marleau) (9:44)
2nd: S. Crosby (D. Simon, K. Letang) (0:48) | C. Sheary (T. Blueger, B. Tanev) (7:27)
3rd: J. Zucker (S. Crosby, B. Rust) (PPG) (14:10)

Ottawa Senators

2

1st: N. Paul (C. Brown, M. Reilly) (15:28)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: T. Chabot (Unassisted) (6:05)

Washington Capitals

4

1st: E. Kuznetsov (A. Ovechkin, J. Carlson) (0:38) | I. Kovalchuk (E. Kuznetsov, T. Wilson) (PPG) (9:37) | M. Kempny (C. Hagelin) (17:07)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: R. Panik (G. Hathaway, T. Oshie) (16:52)

Dallas Stars

0

Flyers Shutout: Carter Hart – 35 Saves

Philadelphia Flyers

5

1st: S. Couturier (J. Voracek, C. Giroux) (3:18) | J. Voracek (S. Couturier) (18:24)
2nd: T. Pitlick (D. Grant, I. Provorov) (11:04) | M. Niskanen (S. Couturier) (16:10)
3rd: K. Hayes (J. Van Riemsdyk, T. Konecny) (2:26)

Tampa Bay Lightning (OT)

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: S. Stamkos (B. Point, N. Kucherov) (4:27) | O. Plat (M. Sergachev) (17:28)
OT: V. Hedman (S. Stamkos) (0:52)

Edmonton Oilers

2

1st: L. Draisaitl (J. Archibald, R. Nugent-Hopkins) (9:02) | C. McDavid (A. Chiasson, L. Draisaitl) (PPG) (13:06)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Vancouver Canucks

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: E. Pettersson (T. Toffoli, A. Roussel) (7:11)
3rd: T. Pearson (B. Horvat, Q. Hughes) (7:21) | T. Stecher (Unassisted) (ENG) (19:39)

Anaheim Ducks

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: T. Terry (D. Heinen) (4:25)
3rd: No Scoring

Detroit Red Wings

3

1st: R. Fabbri (Unassisted) (1:03)
2nd: V. Filppula (T. Bertuzzi, A. Biega) (3:21)
3rd: D. Larkin (T. Daley, A. Mantha) (11:20)

Arizona Coyotes (OT)

4

1st: C. Coderberg (J. Oesterle) (SHG) (13:20)
2nd: T. Hall (C. Garland, N. Schmaltz) (PPG) (9:37) | C. Keller (D. Stepan, P. Kessel) (18:06)
3rd: No Scoring
OT: C. Garland (T.Hall) (4:29)

 

(For March 21, 2020)

Chicago Blackhawks

1

1st: P. Kane (D. Caggiula, B. Saad) (18:20)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Buffalo Sabres

3

1st: M. Johansson (J. Vesey) (9:21)
2nd: D. Kahun (J. Vesey, B. Montour) (3:50)
3rd: J. Eichel (V. Olofsson, S. Reinhart) (6:38)

Columbus Blue Jackets

2

1st: K. Stenlund (E. Bemstrom, N. Gerbe) (4:16)
2nd: P. Dubois (N. Foligno) (12:06)
3rd: No Scoring

Toronto Maple Leafs

4

1st: J. Tavares (D. Malgin, J. Muzzin) (7:51)
2nd: W. Nylander (J. Tavares, T. Barrie) (3:50) | A. Matthews (M. Marner) (PPG) (15:18)
3rd: A. Kerfoot (K. Kapanen, T. Barrie) (3:22)

St. Louis Blues (SO)

5

1st: Z. Stanford (R. Thomas) (7:51) | R. O’Reilly (Unassisted) (14:02)
2nd: J. Kyrou (A. Steen, M. Scandella) (6:49) | V. Dunn (J.Faulk, D. Perron) (19:24)
3rd: No Scoring
SO: St. Louis wins 2-1

Florida Panthers

4

1st: L. Wallmark (B. Connolly, F. Vatrano) (2:29)
2nd: N. Acciari (A. Barkov) (5:02) | J. Huberdeau (A. Barkov, K. Yandle) (PPG) (14:29)
3rd: R. Stillman (A. Stralman, E. Haula) (10:25)

New York Islanders

2

1st: J. Bailey (J. Pageau, A. Greene) (10:41)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: M. Barzal (J. Eberle, A. Lee) (PPG) (7:16)

New Jersey Devils

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: N. Gusev (N. Hischier) (14:03)

Ottawa Senators

2

1st: A. Duclair (T. Chabot, C. White) (PPG) (5:19) | A. Anisimov (N. Zaitsev) (16:13)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: No Scoring

Carolina Hurricanes

4

1st: N. Neiderreiter (S. Aho, J. Slavin) (14:03)
2nd: J. Slavin (N. Neiderreiter) (17:51)
3rd: W. Foegle (J. Staal, J. Williams) (5:11) | S. Aho (N. Neiderreiter, A. Svechnikov) (ENG) (19:48)

Montreal Canadiens

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: B. Gallagher (P. Danault, S. Weber) (8:03)
3rd: No Scoring

Colorado Avalanche

6

1st: G. Landeskog (N. MacKinnon, R. Graves) (4:10) | V. Namestnikov (M. Kaut, M. Nieto) (7:25) | N. MacKinnon (G. Landeskog) (17:22)
2nd: N. MacKinnon (G. Landeskog) (PPG) (2:20)
3rd: J. Donskoi (C. Makar, T. Jost) (5:11) | A. Burakovsky (J. Compher, G. Landeskog) (10:18)

Philadelphia Flyers

2

1st: C. Giroux (K. Hayes) (3:20)
2nd: J. Voracek (C. Goroux, P. Myers) (18:10)
3rd: No Scoring

Nashville Predators

3

1st: C. Smith (R. Grimaldi, D. Fabbro) (7:26) | F. Forsberg (R. Johansen, V. Arvidsson) (PPG) (14:21)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: C. Jarnkrok (M. Duchene) (13:07)

Tampa Bay Lightning

2

1st: A. Cirelli (B. Coleman, V. Hedman) (5:29)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: P. Maroon (C. Verhaeghe) (7:15)

Calgary Flames

4

1st: M. Tkachuk (M. Backlund) (8:11) | E. Lindholm (A. Mangiapane, M. Giordano) (12:02)
2nd: D. Forbort (M. Lucic, E. Gustafsson) (2:58)
3rd: S. Monohan (M. Tkachuk, J. Gaudreau) (11:09)

Detroit Red Wings

1

1st: No Scoring
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: A. Mantha (R. Fabbri, D. Larkin) (0:58)

Vegas Golden Knights

3

1st: P. Stastny (R. Smith, J. Marchessault) (3:29)
2nd: N. Holden (Unassisted) (17:20)
3rd: M. Stone (W. Karlsson, M. Pacioretty) (13:19)

Los Angeles Kings (OT)

3

1st: No Scoring
2nd: M. Frk (G. Vilardi) (9:10)
3rd: A. Iafallo (A. Kopitar, D. Doughty) (0:58)
OT: D. Doughty (D. Brown) (3:04)

Vancouver Canucks

2

1st: J. Virtanen (A. Roussel, A. Gaudette) (11:02)
2nd: No Scoring
3rd: B. Horvat (L. Eriksson, C. Tanev) (7:26)

Boston Bruins

2

1st: No Scoring
2nd: D. Krejci (J. Debrusk, C. McAvoy) (5:37) | D. Pastrnak (B. Marchand) (6:19)
3rd: No Scoring

San Jose Sharks

0

Bruins Shutout: Tukka Rask – 33 Saves

 

 

The Standings

(After games played March 21, 2020)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Boston Bruins 75 49 14 12 110 49
Tampa Bay Lightning 76 48 22 6 102 46
Florida Panthers 75 38 28 9 85 35
Toronto Maple Leafs 74 38 27 9 85 37
Montreal Canadiens 76 32 33 11 75 28
Buffalo Sabres 75 31 36 8 70 29
Ottawa Senators 76 25 39 12 62 24
Detroit Red Wings 76 17 53 6 40 14
Metropolitan Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Washington Capitals 74 46 20 8 100 42
Philadelphia Flyers 75 44 24 7 95 39
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 44 24 6 94 41
Carolina Hurricanes (WC1) 74 43 25 6 92 37
New York Islanders (WC2) 74 38 25 11 87 35
Columbus Blue Jackets 75 34 26 15 83 34
New York Rangers 74 37 32 5 79 36
New Jersey Devils 75 29 33 13 71 25

Western Conference

Central Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
St. Louis Blues 76 45 20 11 101 42
Colorado Avalanche 75 46 21 8 100 45
Dallas Stars 74 39 27 8 86 36
Winnipeg Jets (WC1) 75 40 29 6 86 37
Nashville Predators 74 38 28 8 84 35
Minnesota Wild 75 37 29 9 83 35
Chicago Blackhawks 75 33 33 9 75 29
Pacific Division
GP W L OTL Pts RoW
Vegas Golden Knights 76 43 25 8 94 40
Edmonton Oilers 76 40 26 10 90 38
Calgary Flames 76 40 29 7 87 33
Vancouver Canucks (WC2) 75 38 28 9 85 34
Arizona Coyotes 75 37 29 9 83 32
Anaheim Ducks 75 31 35 9 71 26
San Jose Sharks 75 32 38 5 69 30
Los Angeles Kings 74 31 36 7 69 29