With the NHL lockout still in effect and no hockey being played, fans need something to keep them interested in hockey.
So what’s the next best thing besides a real NHL season?
An NHL 13 simulation of the NHL season that is still being locked out.
We all know the game will have the teams rated the highest with the best records right? Pittsburgh and the Rangers will stay atop the East with Boston, Philadelphia, and possibly Carolina trying to push their way to the top, while Columbus and the Islanders try to navigate themselves out of the basement. The Kings, Canucks, Blues, and Predators will be the top four contending for the best in the west, and Chicago, Detroit, and Phoenix will round out the top six.
Not so fast. The first two and a half weeks of NHL 13′s season have been anything but conventional when you look at the standings through October 26,2012…
1. Pittsburgh Penguins- 5-2-1 11pts
2. New York Rangers- 4-3-0 8pts
3. New Jersey Devils- 3-2-1 7pts
4. New York Islanders- 3-4-0 6pts
5. Philadelphia Flyers- 2-2-1 5pts
Who’s Hot: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for 8 goals and 19 points in the first eight games.
Rick Nash of the New York Rangers has netted 3 goals and has 1 assist in his first 7 games for the Blueshirts
Claude Giroux picked up where he left off in the playoffs last season, and has 7 points (4G, 3A) in his first five games.
Who’s Not: John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Moulson have combined for just 9 points in the Islanders first seven games.
1. Montreal Canadiens- 4-1-2 10pts
2. Buffalo Sabres- 4-1-1 9pts
3. Ottawa Senators- 3-3-1 7pts
4. Boston Bruins- 3-4-0 6pts
5. Toronto Maple Leafs- 2-3-0 4pts
Who’s Hot: Max Pacioretty has scored 4 goals and recorded an assist in the Canadiens first seven games.
Jason Spezza has 6 points (1G, 5A), and Daniel Alfredsson has 5 points (3G, 2A) in Ottawa’s first seven games.
Who’s Not: Boston’s Brad Marchand has recorded 1 assist in seven games for a Bruins offense that is a far cry from last years juggernaut.
1. Florida Panthers- 5-1-0 10pts
2. Winnipeg Jets- 5-1-0 10pts
3. Carolina Hurricanes- 3-4-0 6pts
4. Tampa Bay Lightning- 2-4-0 4pts
5. Washington Capitals- 1-5-1 3pts
Who’s Hot: Scott Clemmensen has been strong in net for the division leading Panthers. Clemmensen is 2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average.
Alexander Ovechkin has been red hot for the reeling Caps. Ovi has 7 goals and 2 assists in his first seven games.
Who’s Not: The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored just 9 goals in six games so far this season. Vinny Lecavalier has been held to just 1 assist so far this season.
1. Nashville Predators- 7-0-1 15pts
2. Columbus Blue Jackets- 6-0-0 12pts
3. St.Louis Blues- 4-2-0 8pts
4. Detroit Red Wings- 2-3-2 6pts
5. Chicago Blackhawks- 1-3-1 3pts
Who’s Hot: The Blackhawks Patrick Kane has 6 points (3G, 3A) in five games this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who are a perfect 6-0-0 have outscored their opponents 23-6.
Who’s Not: The Blackhawks Patrick Sharp has had trouble finding the net so far this season scoring once in five game games for Chicago. Sharp’s plus/minus is also a -3.
1. Edmonton Oilers- 6-1-0 12pts
2. Vancouver Canucks- 2-3-3 7pts
3. Minnesota Wild- 3-3-0 6pts
4. Clagary Flames- 2-2-2 6pts
5. Colorado Avalanche- 2-4-1 5pts
Who’s Hot: Zach Parise has fit right in with the Minnesota Wild and has recorded 8 points (2G, 6A) in his first six games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is leading the first place Oilers with 3 goals and 4 assists in seven games.
Who’s Not: Colorado goaltenders J.S Giguere, and Semyon Varlomov have allowed 24 goals this seas, the second most in the league to the Anaheim Ducks.
1. Phoenix Coyotes- 4-1-0 8pts
2. Los Angeles Kings- 3-1-2 8pts
3. Dallas Stars- 3-3-1 7pts
4. San Jose Sharks- 2-3-1 5pts
5. Anaheim Ducks- 1-5-1 3pts
Who’s Hot: Phoenix goalie Mike Smith is 3-1 this season with a 0.75 goals against average.
Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf is second in the league in scoring with 10 points (4G, 6A) so far this season.