Here is the link to the article on the 13th week of the EA Sports’ NHL 13 Season Simulation. This week of the simulation included games scheduled from December 31 to December 6. The Anaheim Ducks entered this week with a record of 11-16-8, 30 points, and coming off a 0-2 week.
It was a busy week for the Ducks with four games on the docket. They began by hosting Colorado on New Years Eve. Happy New Year, by the way! Anyway, The Ducks had a 3-2 lead in the third, with goals from Saku Koivu, Cam Fowler, and Andrew Cogliano, but the Avalanche were able to tie it and force an overtime. However, the overtime could settle the game, so it went to a shootout. Bobby Ryan was the only scorer in the shootout to secure the win for the Ducks. The Ducks then hosted cross town rival Los Angeles. The Ducks scored twice in the first period from Cogliano and Nick Bonino. Then, Luca Sbisa scored after the Kings got on the board to make it 3-1 at the end of the third period. However, the Kings tied it up and forced an over time in which the Kings would complete the comeback win and give the Ducks a 4-3 overtime loss. The Ducks got off to another good start next game when they hosted Phoenix, with two goals from Cogliano, again, and Toni Lydman, they had a 2-1 lead after the first period. Matt Beleskey got the next goal of the game to make it 3-1, but the Coyotes would get the next five goals and take the game 6-3. The Ducks would finish the week getting shutout by the St. Louis Blues 2-0. With a 1-2-1 week, the Ducks record is now 12-18-9, 33 points which is good for 14th in the conference, 2 points ahead of the 15th place Detroit Red Wings.
The Ducks offense was pretty effective this week, besides for being shutout by the Blues to finish the week. A few different guys had very big offensive weeks. Koivu (1 G, 2 A), Teemu Selanne (3 A), Fowler (1 G, 2 A), Cogliano ( 3 G), Luca Sbisa ( 1 G 2 A) and Francois Beauchemin (3 A) all registered three points. Youngster Nick Bonino also had a nice week with 1 goal and 1 assist. It’s a hard choice to pick three guys who stood out, but I’ll just go with Koivu, Selanne and Cogliano. The Ducks leaders in goals are Niklas Hagman/Ryan (10), Selanne (9) and Cogliano/Koivu (8). The Ducks leaders in assists are Fowler/Sbisa (15), Selanne (13) and Beauchemin/Hagman/Ryan (11). The Ducks leaders in points are Selanne (22), Hagman/Ryan (21) and Fowler/Koivu (18).
The Ducks suffered no significant injuries this week.
Here are this week’s league-wide headlines:
Week 13 (Dec.30 – Jan.6) Headlines
- 2013 Winter Classic: TOR (5) – DET (4) SO; J.M. Liles scores the shootout winner.
- Alexander Ovechkin tallies 3 goals, 4 assists in 4 GP this week. On pace for 70 goals, 114 points.
- Flyers Goaltending Woes: Philadelphia loses back-to-back games 8-1 vs. LAK & 7-0 vs. SJS.
- No major injuries
Three Stars of the Week: Presented by Hockey Ultimate Team
- D. Sedin (VAN) – 4 GP, 5 G, 3 A
- A. Vermette (PHX) – 4 GP, 3 G, 5 A
- R. McDonagh (NYR) – 3 GP, 0 G, 5 A
Topics: Alexander Ovechkin, Anaheim Ducks, Andrew Cogliano, Antoine Vermette, Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler, Colorado Avalanche, Daniel Sedin, Detroit Red Wings, EA Sports NHL Season Si, Francois Beauchemin, John-Michael Liles, Los Angeles Kings, Luca Sbisa, Matt Beleskey, New York Rangers, Nick Bonino, Niklas Hagman, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ryan McDonagh, Saku Koivu, St. Louis Blues, Teemu Selanne, Toni Lydman, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks