Until there is actual hockey going on, we here at P&P thought it would be great to follow along with EA Sports’ simulation of the 2012-13 season via NHL 13. We will give you the gist of what is going on with the New Jersey Devils. EA simulates theirs by week, with a new week starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday. Let’s check out the action from the opening week from Thursday, October 11th through Saturday, October 13th.
The Devils kicked off their schedule on Friday, the 12th when they traveled to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals. The game was scoreless through regulation as well as the five minute extra session. Only one man scored in the shootout and that was Ilya Kovalchuk to give the Devils the two points to kick off the season, as goaltender Martin Brodeur posted the shutout in a 1-0 victory. In the video below, skip ahead to 2:28 for a short narrative from ESPN’s Steve Levy on Brodeur’s effort as well as a few highlights.
The next night, the Devils came back to Jersey for their home opener against the Boston Bruins. The script in this one was similar to Washington game. Both teams struggled to score in the game’s first 65 minutes. Heading into another shootout, something the Devils exceled at all of last season, they came away with another 1-0 victory. The shootout must have gone pretty deep. Travis Zajac scored first for the Devils but he was matched by Boston’s Patrice Bergeron. Several innings later, it was Marek Zidlicky of all people who scored the goal to win the game for NJ, as Brodeur recorded his second shutouts in as many nights.
At the end of the season’s first week, the Devils are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with four points, although they have the same record as the first place New York Islanders, who have the most points in the East. Brodeur leads the league in shutouts as well as holding the top goals against average in the circuit. For his efforts, he was named the third star of the week.