Simulating the Season: Wrapping up the common season and handing out the Stanley Cup

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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 out a clear timeline for a return to motion. As such, with the assistance of EA Sports activities’ NHL 20, we’re making an attempt to determine what the remainder of the season would have seemed like had it not been postponed. Have in mind, this isn’t an ideal science and the simulation doesn’t take into consideration actual world circumstances, together with present accidents.
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Alas, expensive reader, we’ve got reached the top. That is the ultimate instalment of the Simulating the Season collection. And true to simulated-season kind, the conclusion of the marketing campaign wasn’t with out its oddities. And let’s begin there.
Although it doesn’t present up within the standings, there was a second of nice confusion within the compiling of the ultimate standings. You see, simulating by the motion and tabulating the ultimate outcomes, I had a second of nice consternation when the entire of the Detroit Crimson Wings’ wins, losses and extra time defeats equalled 81 video games. The panic doubled when the identical was the case for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And the primary thought was that someplace alongside the road, we had made a gaffe within the standings, disregarded a consequence and we might want to select over the outcomes of the previous couple weeks with a fine-toothed comb to find the place the error was made.
Earlier than that may very well be carried out, nevertheless, I took a fast scan by latest outcomes. And proper there, within the remaining week of the season, was the wrongdoer: in some way, someway, the simulation of the NHL 20 season had the Maple Leafs and Crimson Wings enjoying to a 2-2 draw of their April 2 contest. For apparent causes – you recognize, like the actual fact ties not exist within the NHL – the sport needed to be re-simulated, and it turned out to be an necessary one. The Maple Leafs downed the Crimson Wings, choosing up a vital two factors that made all of the distinction of their pursuit of the ultimate playoff berth within the Atlantic Division. By Recreation 82, Toronto’s one-point lead on the Florida Panthers was sufficient to safe that third seed within the division.
However the oddities didn’t finish there, and possibly essentially the most weird incidence of the whole simulated season got here within the playoffs. However we’ll save that for the part under the place we dive into the round-by-round outcomes.
With that mentioned, thanks for coming alongside on this journey. We hope you’ve loved it and that it has provided a welcome distraction throughout this unsure and aggravating time.
Listed here are the ultimate standings and the total post-season outcomes:
FINAL STANDINGS

PLAYOFFS
ROUND 1
WESTERN CONFERENCEWinnipeg Jets – 4Vegas Golden Knights – 2
The Jets have lengthy been awaiting Jack Roslovic’s breakout, and it got here in Spherical 1 towards the Golden Knights. He was all around the rating sheet within the opening spherical, main the cost for the Jets with three targets and 6 factors by the six-game collection. His offense paired with the goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck, which was implausible, helped Winnipeg overcome a disheartening Recreation 1 extra time loss, during which Winnipegger Ryan Reaves scored the lone objective.
Calgary Flames – 4Edmonton Oilers – 3
The expectation could have been that this is able to be a high-flying collection and bodily, but it surely was truly fairly tame within the simulation. Although it went all seven video games, not a single outing was awfully excessive scoring. Possibly that’s as a result of the Flames and goaltender David Rittich had been capable of maintain Connor McDavid in verify. Regardless of the Oilers captain registering a team-high 22 photographs, McDavid completed the collection with…one level? Sure, that’s proper. He mustered just one help.
Nashville Predators – 4St. Louis Blues – 0
Bear in mind a couple of years again when Pekka Rinne stood on his head within the opening spherical towards the Chicago Blackhawks as Nashville authored a sweep of their division rivals? Properly, Rinne was at it once more on this one. Towards the defending-champion Blues, the Predators netminder allowed simply 4 targets towards all collection and posted a ridiculous .967 save proportion by 4 video games. He was the distinction maker because the Predators skated to a collection sweep – and, for individuals who haven’t spoiled it for themselves, Nashville was simply getting began.
Colorado Avalanche – 4Dallas Stars – 2
Stunningly, this was the one occasion in the whole opening spherical out West that the upper seed truly received their collection. And we’ll provide you with two guesses to determine who was behind the Avalanche’s success. Nathan MacKinnon was great, posting 5 factors within the six-game set, and he bought loads of assist from Colorado’s secondary scorers. As an illustration, Vladislav Kamenev notched three targets within the collection, Matt Nieto had 4 factors and J.T. Compher discovered twine 4 instances within the collection.
EASTERN CONFERENCEWashington Capitals – 4Columbus Blue Jackets – 2
The Blue Jackets’ goaltending couldn’t have fallen aside at a worse time. Towards the Metro-best Capitals, Columbus did its finest to remain within the collection offensively and Washington’s Braden Holtby was no brick wall, however Joonas Korpisalo was in some way worse for the Blue Jackets. In six video games, he allowed greater than three targets towards per sport and couldn’t be the final line of protection Columbus so sorely wanted. Ultimately, Alex Ovechkin and Co. had been an excessive amount of.
Pittsburgh Penguins – 4Philadelphia Flyers – 3
When the simulation began, few golf equipment had been higher than the Flyers. Philadelphia was white sizzling and used their momentum to climb, if solely quickly, to the highest of their division. It appeared the Flyers had been once more about to embark on a sizzling streak, too, as they jumped out to a 3-Zero collection lead. However then it occurred. Recreation-by-game, the Penguins picked away on the deficit, and by the point Recreation 7 took place, Pittsburgh had all of the momentum and received their method by to the second spherical. Certainly, it will sit properly with Flyers devoted.
Boston Bruins – 4Florida Panthers – 3
The Jap Convention was infinitely extra thrilling within the first spherical than the Western Convention, and the second Recreation 7 is a significant motive why. Not solely did the Bruins and Panthers commerce victories, however the collection featured 4 separate contests that wanted additional time. If not less than a few these video games had gone the opposite method, too, the Cats possible would have crushed the Bruins, however Boston received three of the 4 extra time tilts and used that to propel themselves to the collection victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning – 4Toronto Maple Leafs – 2
Is it attainable to be proficient on the flawed time? As a result of it certain feels as if that’s the case for the Maple Leafs. Although they’ve carried out themselves few favors within the post-season lately, getting out of the Atlantic Division at a time when Boston and Tampa Bay are two of the highest groups in the whole league is a herculean process. And it’s not one Toronto accomplished in our simulation. Valiant efforts from John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen had been all for naught because the Bolts received in six.
 
ROUND 2
WESTERN CONFERENCECalgary Flames – 4Winnipeg Jets – 0
David Rittich was out of his thoughts on this one. Within the 4 video games between the Canadian golf equipment, the Flames netminder posted a pair of shutouts and Elias Lindholm did the remainder, scoring 4 targets and eight factors within the four-game collection. Regardless of Mark Scheifele’s finest effort – he had a hat trick in Recreation 1 – the Jets had been merely overrun by the depth of the Flames.
Nashville Predators – 4Colorado Avalanche – 0
OK, earlier than we get into this, I need to remind everybody: this can be a simulation utilizing NHL 20. The outcomes haven’t been pulled out of skinny air. Every video games is simulated as soon as, and no matter occurs is what we’ve reported right here. That mentioned, the Predators went out and swept one other collection, once more on the power of Pekka Rinne’s play. To not be outdone by the Flames’ Rittich within the different convention semi-final, Rinne posted a shutout within the series-clinching sport to e-book Nashville’s ticket to their second convention remaining in 4 seasons.
EASTERN CONFERENCEPittsburgh Penguins – 4Washington Capitals – 1
A rivalry renewed! In what looks as if the perennial post-season battle between these two golf equipment, Pittsburgh bought the higher hand early and refused to falter. Led by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby – who else, actually? – the Penguins jumped out to a 3-Zero collection lead earlier than the Capitals staved off defeat in Recreation 4. It was solely non permanent, nevertheless, as Pittsburgh lambasted Washington 6-1 within the collection finale and punched a ticket to the convention remaining.
Tampa Bay Lightning – 4Boston Bruins – 1
For the higher a part of the again half of the season, the Bolts had been chasing down the Bruins. However when it got here time for the 2 groups to lastly duke it out within the post-season, it was Boston who spent a lot of their time chasing Tampa Bay. The Lightning leapt out to a 2-Zero collection lead, the Bruins counterpunched with a win of their very own after which that was adopted by two extra Tampa Bay wins to take the collection. Andrei Vasilevskiy was the hero right here, blanking the Bruins twice within the collection.
 
ROUND 3
WESTERN CONFERENCENashville Predators – 4Calgary Flames – 0
Sure. Critically. That is what occurred. You possibly can view it under in all of its wonderful weirdness. The Predators swept a collection for the third consecutive spherical, and once more it was Rinne who was the primary star. He had extra assist on this spherical than any of the 2 prior, nevertheless, as Ryan Johansen, most famous for his playmaking capacity, chipped in 5 targets within the four-game collection victory. There’s not a lot to say about Calgary, as they flamed out spectacularly after a dominant second-round victory.
EASTERN CONFERENCEPittsburgh Penguins – 4Tampa Bay Lightning – 2
Regardless of how comparatively shut this collection was, it was far and away Matt Murray’s finest effort of the post-season. The Penguins keeper posted two shutouts within the spherical and singlehandedly received these contests for Pittsburgh. In the meantime, Evgeni Malkin scored 4 targets within the collection and Jason Zucker potted 4 because the Penguins received the Jap Convention crown and helped set the stage for a rematch of the 2017 Stanley Cup remaining.
 
STANLEY CUP FINAL
Nashville Predators – 4Pittsburgh Penguins – 2
Let’s take this time to speak about Pekka Rinne’s total playoff efficiency, as the person statistics are much less fascinating than the Conn Smythe winner’s numbers. Within the 18 video games he performed within the post-season, Rinne mustered a ridiculous .947 SP, 1.60 goals-against common, three shutouts and allowed solely 29 targets. To place his simulated efficiency into actual life context, no goaltender in recorded NHL historical past who has appeared in not less than a dozen playoff video games has posted a SP higher than Rinne’s .947 and the 16-2 document matches the mark set by Grant Fuhr through the 1987-88 playoffs. Rinne’s efficiency was superhuman, even for a simulation.
Playoff Scoring LeadersT1. Evgeni Malkin, PIT (8-13–21)T1. Sidney Crosby, PIT (7-4–21)3. Steven Stamkos, TBL (8-11–19)T4. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (9-9–18)T4. Jason Zucker, PIT (8-10–18)6. Ondrej Palat, TBL (1-14–15)T7. Patric Hornqvist, PIT (9-5–14)T7. Ryan Johansen, NSH (8-6–14)T7. Viktor Arvidsson, NSH (6-8–14)T7. Filip Forsberg, NSH (5-9–14)T7. Calle Jarnkrok, NSH (5-9–14)T7. Bryan Rust, PIT (3-11–14)T7. Brayden Level, TBL (2-12–14)T7. Kyle Turris, NSH (2-12–14)
Playoff Goaltending Leaders1. Pekka Rinne, NSH (16-2, Three SO, .947 SP)2. Mike Smith, EDM (3-4, 1 SO, .933 SP)3. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (4-6, 1 SO, .927 SP)4. Matt Murray, PIT (14-10, Three SO, .927 SP)5. Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA (3-4, Zero SO, .925 SP)

Join: 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 may be discovered lacking the web on outside rinks throughout city.

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