The New York Islanders were scheduled to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, using NHL20 we simulated the matchup. Here’s what happened in a 3-2 win.
With wins over the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and most recently the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders are back to winning ways and getting hot at exactly the right time. Just before the playoffs.
With a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Islanders improve to 4-1-0 in our simulations. While the offense isn’t running rampant in this one, three goals were enough to get both points over a divisional rival who was neck-and-neck with the Isles in the standings before the season was put on hold.
Again, I want to thank contributor Ryan Grosso for running this simulation for us.
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Another Game, Another Win
With a strong first period, the Islanders were able to get a 2-1 lead. Nick Leddy opened the scoring before Derick Brassard would get one on the power play. Andrei Svechnikov would nab one for Carolina.
The Hurricanes upped the pressure in the second period with 12 shots on goal to the Islanders five. Thankfully, Semyon Varlamov stood tall and stopped all 12. Leo Komarov would put the Isles up 3-1 to the frustration of Caniacs everywhere.
The Hurricanes would put up a strong effort for the second period in a row by getting 14 shots on goal. Vincent Trocheck would score to make it 3-2 at 16:57, but the Canes couldn’t find another opening on Semyon Varlamov as the bleu and orange claimed their fourth victory in a row.
EA ran their own simulation and they came up with the same scoreline that Ryan got with his simulation.
Winners and Losers
Semyon Varlamov: 0.943SV%, 2GA, 33 Saves
Leo Komarov: 1 Goal, Game Winner
Derick Brassard: 1 Goal
A big game from Semyon Varlamov kept the Islanders on winning ways. Again, that second period saw the Hurricanes just completely decimate the Isles on the shot clock with a +7 shot differential.
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Andrew Ladd was one of only two players, for both teams, to finish with a -2 plus-minus rating. The other play was Leo Komarov who picked up the game-winner.