May 30, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Patrik Elias (26) during the first period in game one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Simulating The Devils Part III - Split Home And Home Set With Buffalo

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 on a weekly basis.  Let’s check out the action from from Sunday, October 21st through Sunday, October 28th.

On Wednesday, October 24th, the Devils headed to upstate New York to take on the Buffalo Sabres where they were victorious by a 4-3 mark in overtime.  Trailing 1-0 late in the first period, the Devils scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes to take a lead into the first intermission.  Adam Henrique found the net for the first time this season, thanks in part to teammates Patrik Elias and Anton Volchenkov.  With 23 seconds left in the first, Petr Sykora netted his first score of the season with helpers coming from Steve Bernier and Henrik Tallinder.  The Sabres tied the game in the second and went ahead early in the third.  The Devils responded with 11:33 left in the game when Ryan Carter tallied his first goal of the season, with an assist coming from Tallinder.  The game went into overtime where the Red & Black prevailed a minute into the session, as Elias found the back of the net for the overtime winner, his first of the year, with a helper going to Henrique.

The Devils returned to the Prudential Center two nights later but were in for a rude awakening, as the Sabres routed NJ by a 4-0 final.  After a scoreless first, the Sabres put home a trio of goals in a span of five minutes to put the game away.  Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville and Christian Erhoff recorded the scores in the middle period.  Nathan Gerbe deposited a goal in the third period.

At the end of the season’s third week, the Devils are 4-2 with eight points and are eighth in the Eastern Conference.  They are second in the Atlantic Division, trailing the 11 points of the New York Islanders, who have played two more games than the Devils.  Goaltender Martin Brodeur is tied for first in the NHL with a pair of shutouts.

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