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Simulating the season - THN

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Came across this while web surfing. The Hockey News has taken to the gaming world to see how the regular season would have finished up in a simulated exercise. Using EA Sports NHL 20, they have played all of the suspended games to track how teams would finish up the aborted regular season. Injuries have not been accounted for, so rioters are not completely accurate, but it is the best we have right now.

As of March 11, the West wildcard race and the relevant players were as follows:

Dallas 82 PTS, 69 GP (3RD Cen.) 😃

Calgary 79 PTS, 70 GP (3RD Pac.) 😃

Winnipeg 80 PTS, 71 GP (1 WC) 😃

Nashville 78 PTS 69 GP (2 WC) 😃

Vancouver 78 PTS, 69 GP 😩

Minnesota 77 PTS, 69 GP 😩

Arizona 74 PTS, 70 GP 😩

Chicago 72 PTS, 70 GP 😩

 

Here is how the games have gone since the season was halted:

March 12 and 13https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-what-would-happen-if-the-nhl-continued-to-play-behind-close-doors

Of note, Stars, Wild, Flames (in OT) win, Preds lose, and Coyotes beat Canucks on the 12th.

On the 13th, Canucks win, Hawks lose. Canucks now in the 2 WC spot , Preds out.

March 14https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-flyers-stay-white-hot-in-pursuit-of-top-spot-in-metropolitan-division

Hawks lose and are really out of the running now, great night for the Jets who beat Calgary 7-4, and see the Preds, Wild, and Coyotes lose. Stars win. 

March 15https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-power-shifts-in-the-metropolitan-wilds-wild-comeback-puts-playoffs-in-sight

Jets lose 4-2 in Vancouver, and the Wild beat the reeling Preds. Canucks now 3rd in Pac., Jets 1 WC, Flames 2 WC, with Minny 1 point out. And the Ottawa Senators are officially eliminated in the East.

March 16 https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-rangers-continue-push-for-playoff-spot-blue-jackets-get-breathing-room-in-wild-card-race

Flames get a loser point, Dallas beat Arizona. And the Oilers are falling back into the wild card chase, although they still stand 2nd in the Pac.

March 17https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-streaking-stars-in-hunt-for-home-ice-advantage-blues-get-last-minute-win

Jets beat Florida 3-2 to solidify their 1 WC spot with the Flames and Wild both losing. Stars keep winning to hold on to 3rd in Cen. 

March 18 - https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-mcdavid-shreds-senators-as-oilers-pull-within-three-points-of-pacific-lead

Canucks lose, Coyotes win. No change in the WC chase, Jets-wise.

March 19 - https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-capitals-stretch-metro-lead-in-fiery-affair-game-of-the-night-debuts

Flames and Preds win, Wild lose.  Calgary now 3rd Pac., Jets 1 WC, Canucks 2 WC. Wild 1 point out of 8th, 3 behind Winnipeg. Preds 4 back of the Jets with a game in hand. St. Louis Blues become the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

March 20https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-bishop-steals-one-for-stars-lightning-down-oilers-in-13-goal-thriller

Surprise starter Laurent Brossoit earns a massive win as the Jets beat the Wild 5-2. Coyotes lose, Canucks and Stars win, and Oilers lose in OT. Anaheim Ducks are officially eliminated.

March 21 https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-lightning-gain-on-bruins-in-presidents-trophy-race-kings-frk-sets-nhl-record

Preds win, Canucks lose, Flames get an OT loss point. No change in the wild card chase.

 

So that's it up to today. Will post daily as THN runs their sims.

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March 22https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-ovechkin-hat-trick-downs-penguins-jets-snaps-stars-streak

Go Jets Go! Wish the real season was going as well as the simulated one, as the Jets down the red-hot sim Stars 4-1 to move within 4 points of 3rd in the Central, while opening up a 4 point lead on the Canucks for the top wild card spot. In fact, Winnipeg has more points than the #2 and 3 teams in the Pacific. Other big games see the Preds lose to Chicago to fall 6 back of Winnipeg, while the Coyotes win and are 8 behind the Jets and 4 out of the wild card chase (so is Chicago). Also, a Hurricanes loss to the Islanders means that the Boston Bruins clinch a playoff spot, and it also eliminates the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres. Finally, a loss means the Los Angeles Kings are eliminated.

 

Edited by TrueBlue4ever

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12 minutes ago, TrueBlue4ever said:

March 22https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-ovechkin-hat-trick-downs-penguins-jets-snaps-stars-streak

Go Jets Go! Wish the real season was going as well as the simulated one, as the Jets down the red-hot sim Stars 4-1 to move within 4 points of 3rd in the Central, while opening up a 4 point lead on the Canucks for the top wild card spot. In fact, Winnipeg has more points than the #2 and 3 teams in the Pacific. Other big games see the Preds lose to Chicago to fall 6 back of Winnipeg, while the Coyotes win and are 8 behind the Jets and 4 out of the wild card chase (so is Chicago). Also, a Hurricanes loss to the Islanders means that the Boston Bruins clinch a playoff spot, and it also eliminates the New Jersey Devils. Finally, a loss means the Los Angeles Kings are eliminated.

 

If realistic Preds/Jets get the Wild Card spots.

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https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-panthers-leapfrog-maple-leafs-in-atlantic-central-division-battle-heats-up
 

After missing a day in quarantine, THN renewed its simulated season.

March 23 - The Wild pulled off a big win to push for the final wild card spot, gaining on the Canucks who lose. Calgary also wins, beating San Jose, and with that loss California will not be represented in the playoffs as the San Jose Sharks are eliminated.  Also of note, Toronto is now outside the playoff line as Florida leapfrogs them into 3rd in the Atlantic. 
 

March 24 - The Jets squander a chance to virtually guarantee a wild card spot, losing 6-2 to the Predators. Still, they hold a 4 point edge on the pack behind them. The only other game of consequence in the West has the Stars lose. Two other clubs settled their fate in the East, as a win over the Blues means the Washington Capitals have clinched a playoff spot, while a loss to Buffalo means the Montreal Canadiens are eliminated. 

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https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-lightning-take-over-top-spot-in-the-nhl-kuemper-blanks-golden-knights

March 25 - Slow night in the Western wild card chase. Canucks lose, Flames get an OT loss, and Oilers win. Coyotes also win to climb back into the hunt. In the East, Tampa has a big night, blanking the Leafs to move into top spot in the Atlantic, #1 overall in the NHL, and that also means the Tampa Bay Lightning have clinched a playoff spot.

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https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-capitals-close-in-on-clinching-metropolitan-panthers-maple-leafs-deadlocked-in-atlantic

March 26 - Preds win to move into the #2 wild card spot, and the Wild lose to put a dent into their playoff chances. In the East, Washington wins and takes over top spot in the league. And a win over Detroit means the Philadelphia Flyers clinch a playoff spot.

Apparently THN is going to finish off the whole sim thing tomorrow rather than drag it out for the next couple of months. Like they are so busy with other things?

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2 hours ago, TrueBlue4ever said:

Well, this was a letdown.

Here is the wrap-up of the regular season and playoffs simulation. I can't even......

https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/simulating-the-season-wrapping-up-the-regular-season-and-handing-out-the-stanley-cup

Bit of a joke STL not repeat but that's me.

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