Devils to Stream Simulated Game

Tonight, in a different universe, the Calgary Flames were coming to Newark for a tilt with the Devils at Prudential Center.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this game has been canceled.

Enter EA Sports’ video game, NHL 20.

The Devils will be streaming a simulated version of their game against the Flames tonight on Twitter, Facebook, NJD.TV and YouTube.

According to a message from the team, “fans are encouraged to watch and engage on social media. The Devils will be live-tweeting the game and posting highlights from the simulated video game.”

Virtual puck drop is at 7 PM ET.

If simulated hockey is not your thing but you still need your Devils fix, MSG+ will be showing the Devils game at Vancouver from earlier this season on “New Jersey Devils Classics.”

Like all team’s “classics” series, the Devils won this game. It was a 2-1 victory that saw “Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt score within 22 seconds” of each other according to an email from the Devils on the subject. That broadcast also begins at 7 PM eastern on MSG+.

So, there you go. There will be a form of Devils hockey available to us. Whether you like already knowing what is going to happen in a real game or be surprised by a simulated game, here’s to getting to see the Devils in some capacity tonight.

OHL and WHL End 2019-20 Season

The Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League today announced that they were concluding the regular season early in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that all three leagues making up the Canadian Hockey League have gone home early for 2019-20 with the Quebec League doing so earlier this morning.

OHL Commissioner David Branch made the announcement about two hours ago after “a meeting with the OHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals.” There were 56 games left in the OHL regular season.

Although they “are continuing to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19” they are trying to get the 2020 OHL Playoffs to take place.

Much like the QMJHL is doing, the 2020 OHL Priority Selection (draft) will take place live online on on Saturday, April 4 at 9 AM.

The North Bay Battalion will have the first overall pick with the four non-playoff teams picking first. The 20 playoff teams will then pick in order of the points they finished with. Thus, the Kingston Frontenacs, with 42 points (the lowest of the playoff teams) will pick fifth and the Ottawa 67’s with 99 points, will pick 20th. All teams in the OHL played an equal 61 games in 2019-20.

On the other side of Canada, the Western Hockey League also ended their regular season for 2019-20. Commissioner Ron Robison said that they too are monitoring “ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19” and will try to get the 2020 WHL Playoffs going at a later time.

Robison met with the WHL Board of Governors and medical professionals and they decided to cancel what was left of the 2019-20 season – 54 games.

The final standings were based on winning percentage according to the release put out by the WHL. The Portland Winterhawks finished first overall in the league. They will claim the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL regular season champs. They finished with 97 points for a 0.770 win percentage.

The Seattle Thunderbirds were the final team to qualify for the playoffs with 55 points and a 0.437 win percentage.

Sixteen teams will qualify for the playoffs with only the Regina Pats, Prince George Cougars, Tri-City Americans, Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos missing.

As mentioned in the earlier post about the QMJHL, the CHL still intends to contest the Memorial Cup at some point this Spring.