Here is the link to the article on the 12th week of the EA Sports’ NHL 13 Season Simulation. This week of the simulation included games scheduled from December 26 to December 30. The Anaheim Ducks entered this week with a record of 11-14-8, 30 points, and coming off a 1-1-2 week.
This week included just two games against division rivals San Jose and Los Angeles. The day after Christmas, the Ducks hosted the Sharks and got on board first with a goal from Sheldon Souray. The Sharks answered with two goals in the second, but the Ducks got the next three from Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu. With a 4-2 lead with less than seven minutes left, the Ducks looked to be well in control. However, the Sharks scored three more to finish off the late comeback and give the Ducks a disappointing 5-4 loss. The Ducks had three days off until they visited the Staples Center and the Kings. The Ducks got behind 1-0 just over a minute into the first period and gave up two more later. With a 3-0 deficit half way through the third period, the Ducks finally got on the board with a goal from Teemu Selanne. Brandon McMillan added another with less than three minutes left to continue the comeback attempt. However, the Ducks would be held off by the Kings and take a 3-2 loss. The Ducks are now 1-3-2 in their last six games. With a 0-2 week, the Ducks record is now 11-16-8, 30 points which drops them all the way back to last in the conference.
The Ducks struggled defensively this week, but not offensively scoring six total goals in the two games. Six different players scored for the Ducks. Koivu was the biggest star this week with a goal and three assists. The only two other Ducks to register more than one point was Getzlaf and Selanne. So, those three would have to be the three stars of the week for the Ducks, Koivu (1 G, 3 A), Getzlaf (1 G, 1 A) and Selanne (1 G, 1 A). The Ducks leaders in goals are still Bobby Ryan and Niklas Hagman (10), Selanne (9) and Koivu/Perry (7). The Ducks leaders in assists are Fowler/Sbisa (13), Hagman (11) and Getzlaf/Perry/Ryan/Selanne (10). The Ducks leaders in points remain the same, Hagman (21), Ryan (20) and Selanne (19).
The Ducks, once again, suffered no significant injuries this week.
Here are this week’s league-wide headlines:
Week Twelve (Dec.26-30) Headlines:
- Struggling Powerhouses Kick into Gear:
- Pittsburgh Penguins return to form; jump four spots to 9th in the Eastern Conference.
- Los Angeles Kings are 8-0-2 in last 10 games, move into 6th place in the Western conference.
- WSH F Alex Ovechkin has 31 goals in 37 games; 9 goals clear of 2nd place scorer Patrick Marleau
- No major injuries
Three Stars of the Week: Presented by Hockey Ultimate Team
- Kris Letang (PIT) – 2GP, 1G 5A
- Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 3 GP, 2G, 5A
- Jamie Benn (DAL) 3GP, 2 G, 4 A
Topics: Alex Ovechkin, Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan, Brandon McMillan, Corey Perry, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, EA Sports NHL Season Simulation, Jamie Benn, Kris Letang, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Niklas Hagman, Patrick Marleau, Pavel Datsyuk, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, San Jose Sharks, Sheldon Souray, Teemu Selanne, Washington Capitals