In our latest simulation, the New York Islanders faced off against the Toronto Maples Leafs. And just like in their previous game, the offense had themselves a night.
In order to cope with no hockey, we've resulted to NHL20 simulations for the remaining New York Islanders games on the 2019-20 schedule. So far the Islanders are 1-1-0 with simulated games against the Pittsburg Penguins and the Calgary Flames.
Now the Isles head to Toronto and hope the offense follows them across the border where John Tavares is ready to welcome his former team.
(Thank you, Ryan Grosso, for running the simulations for me.)
We've been craving a sustainable offense since the start of the season. We get a flurry of goals here and there, but nothing sustained for more than a game. With a 7-0 thrashing of the Calgary Flames, a let down was expected.
But the Islanders, powered by an incredible second period, the Isles ran away with a 6-2 win.
While Josh Bailey was the hero in the previous tilt, this time captain Anders Lee stole the show with a hat-trick. His first goal came 11:20 into the contest and his next two came in the second half of the second period.
Beau would add a short-handed goal on Frederick Andersen in the third to make it 6-2.
That's a +11 goal differential in two games. Clearly the simulated version of Lou Lamoriello is smiling ear-to-ear right about now.
Winners and Losers
Anders Lee: 3 Goals, 6 Shots
Anthony Beauvillier: 2 Goals, 6 Shots
Nick Leddy: 2 Assists, +4
Nick Leddy had his first multi-point game in a long while. In the real world, Leddy hasn't had a multi-point game since December 21, 2019, when he scored a goal and added two helpers. Since December 21 Leddy only has seven points in 34 games.
So I'm going to live in the simulated world for a while where Nick Leddy is putting up points and ending on the right side of the single-game +/-.
The Islanders were able to keep Auston Matthews (who's on pace for 55 goals) to zero points. And Devon Toews was out there for both Toronto goals but somehow wasn't out there for a single Islanders goal.
But the real loser in this game is Jack Campbell who stopped 21 of 26 shots for a horrendous 0.808SV%. Campbell didn't lead the Maple Leafs out for the second period with Frederick Andersen stepping in and stopping 12 of 13 shots.