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2017-18 EA Simulation

For the second straight season, we used EA’s NHL game for the PlayStation 4 and simulated the entire season to see where they had the Sabres finishing.

We loaded the Sabres roster into the system and let it run from there. Below are the simulated results for the 2017-18 season.

Final record: 39-33-10, 88 points

88 points had the Sabres finishing third in a surprisingly weak Atlantic Division, but it was enough to secure a playoff spot. We’ll get to what happened in the playoffs a little bit later, but for now, enjoy the fact that EA has the Sabres securing a division spot. EA had their own simulation earlier this fall and had the Buffalo Bills winning the AFC East.

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Leading goal scorer: Ryan O’Reilly

O’Reilly led the team with 32 goals, a welcoming surprise as Buffalo had five 20-goal scorers (Matt Moulson was one of them?) Jason Pominville just fell shy with 19 goals.

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Leading point scorer: Jack Eichel & Sam Reinhart

Eichel finished the season with 64 points, which may be a bit lower than fans can hope for. The good news is Reinhart was right up there with him, with a solid 49 assists.

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Goaltending

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Robin Lehner was pretty solid in goal for Buffalo and a big reason why they went to the playoffs. His 34 wins were helped by a .930 save percentage and a 2.46 GAA. Chad Johnson didn’t get many win, but still posted a .920 save percentage.

NHL Leaders

The Capitals scored a lot, and Nicklas Backstrom finished atop the league with 88 points. That’s a pretty low number for the top point-getter…

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Ovechkin’s 53 goals were most in the league, and it wasn’t really close.

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Postseason

 

Things got interesting as the Sabres finally ended their playoff drought, but take a look how it all turned out:

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The Sabres easily got by both Ottawa and the Islanders before getting swept by the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. Of course, the Penguins lost just four games en route to their 3rd straight Stanley Cup.

Still, it’s important to remember that anything can happen in the playoffs, but getting there has been the issue.

Okposo led the Sabres with 15 points in the playoffs, and O’Reilly had the most goals with six.

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What do you think of EA’s simulation? Will the Sabres make the playoffs? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
Z8254-23-5113
X8250-20-12112
X8249-26-7105
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
Y8249-26-7105
X8247-29-6100
X8242-26-1498
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-30-797
X8244-29-997
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8244-30-896
8236-35-1183
8235-37-1080
8234-39-977
8230-39-1373
8229-40-1371
8228-43-1167
8225-45-1262
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
P8253-18-11117
X8252-20-10114
X8245-26-11101
Pacific Division Leaders:
Y8251-24-7109
X8244-25-13101
X8245-27-10100
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-29-898
X8243-30-995
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8244-32-694
8242-32-892
8237-35-1084
8236-40-678
8233-39-1076
8231-40-1173
8229-41-1270
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