The NHL season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Bruins again.
As a way to make up for the loss of Bruins action, we'll be using the EA Sports NHL 20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action.
The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, March 16 at TD Garden, here's how our simulation of that game went.
The Bruins fell to the Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime in this simulation after Charlie McAvoy tied the game late in the third period. The Bruins didn't struggle in the shot department, but they certainly couldn't put the puck in the back of the net.
Here are the game stats:
Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats
Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forwards Gustav Nyquist and Pierre Luc-Dubois were the three stars of the game.
Bruins Individual Stats
Defenseman Charlie McAvoy led all B's skaters in ice time with 27:13, and Jake DeBrusk led all skaters with five shots. Tuukka Rask recorded a .900 SV% and a 1.93 GAA.
Blue Jackets Individual Stats
Zach Werenski led all Blue Jackets players in ice time with 23:48, and Emil Bemstrom led with three shots. Korpisalo had a .963 SV% and a 0.97 GAA.
FINAL SCORE: Blue Jackets 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 44-14-13 (101 points)
*NOTE: We did not include Boston's games against the Buffalo Sabres or Toronto Maple Leafs in the simulation, therefore the simulated record isn't 100 percent accurate*
Next Simulation: @ Ducks on Wednesday
Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Ducks simulation which is set to drop on Wednesday.