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.
Since the loss to Philly, though, the Wild have been on a roll. They took down the Nashville Predators and then beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the first portion of a home-and-home matchup. The good guys took the first tilt by a score of 3-1, but could they also secure game two? Taking place in the United Center, it would be an absolute dogfight down the stretch.
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.
And now, we bring you the second match up!
With the win, Minnesota’s record would shift to 39-28-7, which gives them 85 points as they remain on the pathway toward a playoff berth.
Be on the lookout for our next simulation, which is coming soon!