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’ve been playing each of the postponed Minnesota Wild games on NHL 20. After a big win against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Wild lost a tough one to the Philadelphia Flyers in an important contest to keep gaining points in the playoff race. They sacrificed a 3-2 lead in the third period and then eventually fell 4-3. However, Minnesota then turned right around and trampled the Nashville Predators in their next contest.
Next up comes two games in two days against the Chicago Blackhawks, with one coming on home ice, and the other inside of the United Center.
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.
We now, proudly, bring you the first matchup of the two, as Minnesota looked to build off their previous performance and gain a big two points.
With the victory, Minnesota’s record would shift to 38-28-7, which equals out to 83 points. If the team can continue to pull off victories such as this, then they surely better their chances for a playoff berth.
Be on the lookout for the next simulation, which is coming to you soon!