Wednesday, December 26, 2012
EA Sports NHL 13 simulation
Of all the silly ideas in this silly lockout, apparently EA Sports has been simulating the entire NHL season.
EA has the Bruins with the worst record in the entire NHL --maybe that's why Jacobs won't let anybody play?
Their Christmas week Atlantic Division leaders -- the NY Islanders.
Apparently Evgeni Nabokov simulates well -- he's been credited with 9 shutouts (When they actually play on the ice, the Isles as a team have reached only 9 shutouts in a season once in their history --they had 10 in 1975-76.) and a league-fake-best 94.11 save percentage.
Today -- Boxing Day (12/26) is a traditional day for the Isles to play -- having played on this date in every season between the lockouts.Had they hosted New Jersey tonight as originally scheduled, they would have been looking for points 35/36 on games played on Boxing Day. (34 points on 12/26 second only to 35 points on 12/17 --which would have been an off-day this season.)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick