Simulating the Season: Lightning take over high spot within the NHL, Kuemper blanks Golden Knights

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Welcome to Simulating The Season. Within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the NHL has put the 2019-20 marketing campaign on maintain with no clear timeline for a return to motion. As such, with the assistance of EA Sports activities’ NHL 20, we’re trying to determine what the remainder of the season would have seemed like had it not been postponed. Consider, this isn’t an ideal science and the simulation doesn’t consider actual world circumstances, together with present accidents.
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You may simply really feel it coming, couldn’t you? Because the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up steam within the Japanese Convention, mowing via opponents and searching quite a bit just like the Bolts that bowled their option to the highest of the NHL standings final season, it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than they overtook the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins and pushed their option to the entrance of the Presidents’ Trophy race.
And following Wednesday’s simulated motion, that’s precisely the place the Lightning stand.
In what was an all-out romp over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay scored early and infrequently, blitzing opposition keeper Jack Campbell for 2 fast ones and taking whole management of the competition. A pair of objectives from Nikita Kucherov, a pair of objectives from Tyler Johnson and a few good goaltending from Curtis McElhinney made all of the distinction in a 5-Zero victory that despatched Tampa Bay to the highest of the league.
Elsewhere, the Edmonton Oilers continued their pursuit of the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights, who laid an absolute egg towards the Arizona Coyotes. Whereas the Oilers had been off downing the high-flying (however presently struggling) Colorado Avalanche in a shootout, the Golden Knights did not register greater than 5 photographs per interval and had been blanked by Darcy Kuemper and Co.
Right here’s a take a look at all of the motion from across the simulated NHL season:
STANDINGS

Anaheim Geese – 2 (SO)Calgary Flames – 1
It wasn’t way back we poked enjoyable at Zac Rinaldo’s sudden goal-scoring heroics for the Flames, nevertheless it seems that he’s apparently Digital Gretzky…or a minimum of it felt that approach for about 55 minutes on this one. Rinaldo’s first interval objective was the lone tally on this recreation till the dying minutes of the third interval when Danton Heinen levelled the rating. That objective set the stage for time beyond regulation and a shootout, and Rickard Rakell scored the winner within the abilities competitors.
Three Stars1. David Rittich, CGY (32 saves)2. John Gibson, ANA (26 saves)3. Noah Hanifin, CGY (0-1–1)
Arizona Coyotes – 4Vegas Golden Knights – 0
We’re unsure how precisely the Golden Knights can go about burning the tape of a simulated recreation, however Vegas’ entrance workplace ought to look into it. This was solely a 1-Zero recreation via 40 minutes earlier than a three-goal flurry put distance between the 2 golf equipment, however the headline right here is the shot totals. Marc-Andre Fleury confronted 30 photographs on this one, whereas Darcy Kuemper was examined 14 occasions via 60 minutes. That’s fewer than 5 photographs per interval for the Golden Knights. Once more, burn the footage.
Three Stars1. Darcy Kuemper, ARI (14 saves)2. Carl Soderberg, ARI (0-2–2)3. Taylor Corridor, ARI (1-0–1)
Pittsburgh Penguins – 3Chicago Blackhawks – 2
Each groups wanted the 2 factors, and for the higher a part of this one, it appeared the Blackhawks had been going to get ’em in an effort to remain in lockstep with the perimeter wild-card crew within the Western Convention. However three Penguins objectives throughout a 10-minute span within the third interval ensured that wouldn’t be the case. As a substitute, Pittsburgh authored the come-from-behind victory and picked up an enormous two factors to remain within the race within the Metropolitan Division.
Three Stars1. Jake Guentzel, PIT (1-1–2)2. Evgeni Malkin, PIT (1-1–2)3. Tristan Jarry, PIT (30 saves)
Edmonton Oilers – 4 (SO)Colorado Avalanche – 3
The Avalanche don’t cease the slide, however a single level helps within the standings. Extra notably is the Oilers’ victory, which pulls them inside two factors of the Golden Knights. It appeared a primary spherical Battle of Alberta was a close to lock, but when Edmonton could make up some extra floor earlier than the top of the common season, we’re taking a look at a state of affairs through which the Oilers have home-ice benefit via the primary spherical and probably rekindle the outdated WHA rivalry with the Winnipeg Jets.
Three Stars1. Leon Draisaitl, EDM (1-1–2)2. Connor McDavid, EDM (0-2–2)3. Mikko Rantanen, COL (1-1–2)
San Jose Sharks – 4Vancouver Canucks – 2
All was going effectively for the Canucks till it wasn’t. By way of the primary body, Vancouver was clinging to a 1-Zero lead and Tyler Toffoli doubled Vancouver’s lead halfway via the center interval, however then got here the Sharks onslaught. First, Timo Meier fired one by Jacob Markstrom, and that marker was adopted two minutes later by Erik Karlsson’s go-ahead objective and shortly thereafter by San Jose’s third of the body, an Evander Kane shot that eluded Markstrom. Radim Simek put a cherry on high of this one with a objective three minutes into the third.
Three Stars1. Timo Meier, SJS (1-1–2)2. Aaron Dell, SJS (35 saves)3. Evander Kane, SJS (1-1–2)
Tampa Bay Lightning – 5Toronto Maple Leafs – 0
After a few tough outings, the Maple Leafs had been hoping Jack Campbell may flip issues round. As a substitute, the membership seemed lifeless on arrival. Campbell allowed two objectives on the primary 5 photographs he confronted and the crew in entrance of him failed to realize any momentum. Two objectives apiece from Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson put the Bolts forward, and the Lightning’s deep defensive group did a superb job of limiting Auston Matthews’ line to simply two photographs.
Three Stars1. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (2-1–3)2. Tyler Johnson, TBL (2-0–2)3. Curtis McElhinney, TBL (19 saves)
Tags: video video games, nhlConnect: Concerning the AuthorJared ClintonJared Clinton is a author and internet editor with The Hockey Information. He is been with the crew since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, the place he will be discovered lacking the web on out of doors rinks throughout city.

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