Bruins-Red Wings simulation: B's defense struggles in tough loss

Erin Walsh
NBC Sports Boston

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.

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The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at TD Garden, here's how our simulation of that game went.

The B's defense struggled immensely in a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings on home ice despite Tuukka Rask's 25-save night. The Bruins had their struggles in real life against the last-place Wings, losing two of three this season and it continued in the virtual world, too. 

Here are the game stats:

Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats

Christoffer Ehn, Tuukka Rask and Justin Abdelkader were the three stars of the game. Ehn notched two goals, Abdelkader had two assists and Rask had a 2.01 GAA with a .926 save percentage. The B's went 1-for-3 on the power play and couldn't muster up much offense in the loss. 

Bs-Wings Stars Sim

Bruins Individual Stats

David Pastrnak inched his way closer to 50 goals on the season by scoring his 49th, and Patrice Bergeron fired one home with the extra attacker on the ice in the final moments of the game. David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy each had assists in the loss. McAvoy, once again, led in ice time with 25:27 minutes of action. 




Red Wings Individual Stats

Ehn notched two goals while Darren Helm added one in the Red Wings victory. Abdelkader tallied two assists while Alex Biega, Luke Glendening and Dmytro Timashov added one assist each. Jonathan Bernier was solid in goal, stopping 20 of 22 shots and hanging on for the win.




FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 46-15-14 (105 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: vs. Ottawa Senators on Thursday

Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Senators simulation which is set to drop on Thursday

Bruins-Red Wings simulation: B's defense struggles in tough loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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