Here is the link to the article on the 9th week of the EA Sports’ NHL 13 Season Simulation. This week of the simulation included games scheduled from December 3 to December 9. The Anaheim Ducks entered this week with a record of 6-12-6, but coming off a 3-0-1 week. Ryan Getzlaf returned from injury last week with a bang and looked to continue his hot streak, while Andrew Cogliano and Jonas Hiller both returned from injury this week.
The Ducks returned home for the first time since before Black Friday to host Florida, Columbus and Minnesota this week. On December 5, the Ducks defeated the Panther 4-3 with Saku Koivu netting the game-winning-goal in the third period. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry (2) scored the other goals in the cross-country match up. Two nights later, the Ducks defeated the Blue Jackets for their fourth straight win. Luca Sbisa and Niklas Hagman scored the first two goals and then Ryan Getzlaf scored the next two to finish off Columbus. The Ducks win streak finally ended two nights later when the Wild took it to the Ducks in a 5-2 beating. Brandon McMillan scored his first goal of the year and Getzlaf netted his third in the last two games in the loss. The Ducks wrapped their second good week in a row, going 2-1. They are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games. This brings their record up to 8-13-6, 21 points, good for 14th in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings.
The RPG Line has finally found its stride. It’s official. Last week, when Getzlaf returned, they started to rack up the points. This week, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf totaled 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points in 3 games. Luca Sbisa and Cam Fowler continued their hot offensive streaks this week as well, tallying a total of 1 goal and 5 assists in 3 games. Youngster Brandon McMillan made his debut this week and tallied a goal and an assist. The three stars for the Ducks this week have to be Ryan (1 G, 3 A), Perry (2 G, 1A) and Getzlaf (3 G, 1 A). The three team leaders in goals for the Ducks after this week are Hagman (9), Selanne (5) and Getzlaf/Koivu/Perry (5). The three team leaders in assists for the Ducks after this week are Fowler/Hagman (10), Selanne (9) and Ryan/Sbisa (8). Finally, the three team leaders in points are Hagman (19), Selanne (16) and Fowler/Ryan (12).
The Ducks suffered no significant injuries this week and both Andrew Cogliano and Jonas Hiller returned from injuries .
Here are this week’s league-wide headlines:
Week Nine (Dec.3-9) Headlines
· Calgary Flames’ hot streak comes to an end, fall to 5th in the Western Conference
· John Tavares returns from a lengthy injury and tallies 3 points in his first game back against the Philadelphia Flyers, leading the Islanders to a victory
· The San Jose Sharks remain red hot at the top of the NHL standings
· After Corey Schneider fell to injury, Roberto Luongo has remained solid for the Vancouver Canucks who sit in 2nd place in the West.
Injury bug hits the already struggling Flyers:
- D. Briere (sore shoulder) & L. Schenn (neck strain) out approximately 2 weeks
- Flyers leading scorer Wayne Simmonds out 2-3 months with an MCL sprain
Three Stars of the Week: Presented by Hockey Ultimate Team
1. H. Lundqvist NYR (3 W, 2 SO)
2. T. Hall EDM (3 GP, 5 G)
3. R. Luongo VAN (2 W, 1.78 GAA)
Tags: Anaheim Ducks Andrew Cogliano Bobby Ryan Brandon McMillan Calgary Flames Cam Fowler Columbus Blue Jackets Corey Perry Corey Schneider Danny Briere Detroit Red Wings EA Sports NHL Season Simulation Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Henrik Lundqvist John Tavares Jonas Hiller Luca Sbisa Luke Schenn Minnesota Wild New York Islanders New York Rangers NHL Niklas Hagman Philadelphia Flyers Roberto Luongo Ryan Getzlaf Saku Koivu San Jose Sharks Taylor Hall Teemu Selanne Vancouver Canucks Wayne Simmonds