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Post-Sim Wrap-Up: Flames lose to Devils 7-4

After splitting their back to back set in the greater New York area – beating the Rangers and losing to the Islanders – the virtual Calgary Flames finished off their simulated road trip in virtual New Jersey. (There’s no better way to experience New Jersey than via NHL 20 simulations.)

Unfortunately, the Flames weren’t quite ready for an energetic game with the Devils, losing 7-4 on March 19 to complete their road swing with one win in three tries.

Lineups

Flames:

  • Forwards: Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm, Mangiapane-Backlund-Tkachuk, Lucic-Ryan-Dube, Bennett-Jankowski-Rieder
  • Defense: Giordano-Brodie, Hanifin-Hamonic, Gustafsson-Andersson
  • Goalies: Talbot starting, Rittich as backup

Devils:

  • Forwards: Wood-Hischier-Palmieri, Hughes-Zajac-Anderson, Bratt-Zacha-Gusev, Rooney-McLeod-Kuokkanen
  • Defense: Mueller-Subban, Mermis-Severson, Carrick-Tennyson
  • Goalies: Blackwood starting, with Schneider as backup

Results

The good news? The Flames scored first! The bad news? Well, their defensive game wasn’t great nor was Cam Talbot’s rebound control. That led to a lot of goals for the Devils in the second perod, and they coasted to victory.

Score Scoring Line Details
1-0 Flames Monahan 23 (Lindholm 26, Gaudreau 44) 1:48 first Wrist shot off the cycle.
1-1 tie Wood (Mueller, Anderson) 4:40 first Wrist shot off the rush.
2-1 Devils Rooney (Kuokkanen, McLeod) 16:39 first Rebound off initial shot.
2-2 tie Monahan 24 (Tkachuk 42, Gustafsson 27) PP 1:12 second Wrist shot off the cycle.
3-2 Devils Hischier (Wood, Mueller) 3:17 second Rebound off initial shot.
4-2 Devils Bratt (Hischier, Subban) 4:55 second Rebound off own initial shot.
5-2 Devils Zacha (Hughes, Gusev) 10:01 second Wrist shot off the rush.
6-2 Devils Palmieri (McLeod, Hischier) 17:52 second Rebound off initial shot.
6-3 Devils Rieder 5 (Bennett 5, Hanifin 19) 19:02 second One-timer off turnover.
7-3 Devils Wood (Subban, Blackwood) 2:59 third Rebound off initial shot.
7-4 Devils Rieder 6 (Ryan 24, Hamonic 12) SH 7:12 third Wrist shot off the rush.

Three Stars

  1. Miles Wood (Devils)
  2. Nico Hischier (Devils)
  3. P.K. Subban (Devils)

Updated Standings

With the loss, the Flames slide to 39-29-7 and have 85 points. Updating the remainder of the relevant Western Conference standings with the Athletic’s game-by-game projections, here’s how things look at the end of the night on March 19.

Pacific Division

  1. Vegas – 88 points
  2. Edmonton – 88 points
  3. Vancouver – 86 points
  4. Calgary – 85 points
  5. Arizona – 77 points
  6. Anaheim – 71 points
  7. Los Angeles – 65 points
  8. San Jose – 63 points

Wild Cards

  1. Calgary – 85 points
  2. Minnesota – 85 points
  3. Winnipeg – 82 points
  4. Nashville – 81 points