Anyone who follows my blog knows I’m usually a NHL2K guy. This year I decided to go with EA’s NHL 10 because of the very bad reviews for the 2K10 hockey game (ratings which were in the 6’s are well below average). I’m not a complete sellout to my beloved 2k hockey games, but I refuse to waste $60 on a crappy game in an economic recession, so that’s why I went with NHL 10 this time around.
Anyways, I went out and bought NHL 10 yesterday morning. The game overall is really good with lots of depth (much more than 2K usually has to offer). After playing for a couple hours I was itching to get into simulating a season. Their were a few obstacles I had to get through like creating some players that were unavailable as well as some roster shuffling. All injuries were taken off as well as trading through the full 82 game season as well as the playoffs, so keep that in mind.
And if you’re interested the team I was given was the Toronto Maple Leafs through a random selection I did. It didn’t seem to do them any justice as you can see below.
Here were the full results for the Eastern Conference through the 82 game regular season.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (107 pts) 9. Boston Bruins (87 pts)
2. Ottawa Senators (98 pts) 10. Montreal Canadiens (87 pts)
3. Washington Capitals (97 pts) 11. Tampa Bay Lightning (82 pts)
4. New York Rangers (99 pts) 12. Buffalo Sabres (81 pts)
5. Philadelphia Flyers (97 pts) 13. Toronto Maple Leafs (80 pts)
6. Carolina Hurricanes (95 pts) 14. Florida Panthers (80 pts)
7. New Jersey Devils (95 pts) 15. Atlanta Thrashers (77 pts)
8. New York Islanders (92 Pts) *Teams in bold made the playoffs
Here were the full results for the Western Conference through the 82 game regular season.
1. Detroit Red Wings (116 pts) 9. Dallas Stars (87 pts)
2. Calgary Flames (103 pts) 10. Anaheim Ducks (87 pts)
3. San Jose Sharks (87 pts) 11. Nashville Predators (86 pts)
4. St. Louis Blues (94 pts) 12. Edmonton Oilers (84 pts)
5. Colorado Avalanche (92 pts) 13. Phoenix Coyotes (79 pts)
6. Chicago Blackhawks (92 pts) 14. Los Angeles Kings (78 pts)
7. Minnesota Wild (89 pts) 15. Columbus Blue Jackets 78 pts)
8. Vancouver Canucks (89 pts) *Teams in bold made the playoffs
Top five regular season goal scorers:
1. Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals (63 goals)
T2. Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild (63 goals)
3. Ilya Kovalchuk – Atlanta Thrashers (60 goals)
4. Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks (58 goals)
5. Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes (55 goals)
Top five regular season point scorers:
1. Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks (106 pts)
2. Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins (100 pts)
3. Marian Gaborik – New York Rangers (99 pts)
4. Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings (98 pts)
T4. Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals (98 pts)
Top goalie stats through the regular season:
Chris Osgood – Detroit Red Wings (42 wins)
Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins (2.30 GAA)
Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins (.922 Sv%)
Stanley Cup Playoffs Final Four, Final and winner:
West: Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames
East: New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Final: Calgary Flames vs. New York Rangers (Flames win 4-1)
Top playoff goal scorer(s):
1. Jarome Iginla – Calgary Flames (15 goals)
T2. Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild (15 goals)
Top playoff point scorer:
1. Marian Gaborik – New York Rangers (26 pts)
Regular season game winning goals top scorer.
John Tavares – New York Islanders (16 goals)