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NHL 20 Simulation: Wild sacrifice lead, fall to Flyers

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The virtual Wild’s playoff hopes take a big hit.

Philadelphia Flyers v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

The thrill of watching real-life hockey, in real time, is on pause right now due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use the power of EA Sports’ NHL 20 to see how the games that have been missed would have played out.

In case you missed it, we began a season mode with the Wild, and simulated all the way up to the Vegas contest, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12 inside of Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota was able to pick up a huge win in that contest.

Now we shift our attention to the contest that was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, as the Wild hit the road to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in an important contest to keep gaining points in the playoff race.

Keep in mind, the record for the Wild in the simulation is different than in real life due to there not being a feature to begin a season from a particular point other than the beginning. However, the rosters are the same as in real life, including moves made at the trade deadline. Injuries have also been turned off.

With the loss, Minnesota’s record shifts to 36-28-7, still at 79 points. Next up will be our simulation of the March 15 contest in Xcel Energy Center against Nashville.