Let’s check those out-of-town scores:
To figure out a game quickly, we can do some math.
Hey, if you didn’t want math, don’t read a blog that has its first post be a playthrough of High Frontier, alright?
Anyway, the same night the Flyers and Penguins were playing, there was also a game featuring the Kings and Golden Knights as well as a game pitting the Wild against the Jets. To quickly find the result, all we do is look at their matchups throughout the season.
There’s a ridiculous amount of ways one can do this. I’m just going to make one up right now and see how it works. The Kings shooting percentage is 9.4% with an average of 31 shots per game. That means 2.9 or so go in. Since goalies probably stop 90% (yes, a lot more) of goals, we can add 100% to say that about 6 goals is the max the Kings could pull off in a game. So I can make a chart to show how many “Goal Worthy Shots” LA made during this first game using 2d6:
11-13 = 6 goals 14-16 5 goals 21-23 4 goals 24-26 3 goals 31-33 2 goals 34-36 1 goal 41+ 0 goals.
Now that I’m looking through their past, I see that there was one game that they one 7-0, but we’ll just go with this for now. So it’s 2d6, treating 1 die as the 10s digit and one as the 1s digit. 25 gives us a 3 goal game for the Kings.
I do the same for the Golden Knights. They get 3.2 shots in per game, or 6 and a half would be their highest, which we’ll round to 7. A roll of 23 shows they got 5 goals.
A high scoring game so far. Goalies need to shave a few points off. Fleury shows he saves 82% of shots, so of the 3, he would, on average block 2 of them, and a roll confirms this. So the Kings get one through to the Net. Jonathan Quick blocks 90% of what comes through, so would block 4 and a half, on average (rounding to 5?). Let’s see what the dice tell us. No, he only blocks 3. So the game ends LA 1, LV 2.
Probably too involved and there’s much easier ways, but it felt a bit fun to me (kind of like the soccer games in Time of Soccer).
For the other out of town game, I roll 0 goals for the Wild, and 0 for the Jets as well! Overtime! Checking the stats, I see the Wild has one more Overtime loss than the Jets do, so I give them a teensy edge in the Overtime roll to figure out who wins, with a chunk of the chart showing shootout finish. But it’s the Wild who wins in standard OT.
Out of town scores:
Los Angeles Kings – 1 Las Vegas Golden Knights – 2
Minnesota Wild – 1 Winnipeg Jets 0 OT
Meanwhile, back in the igloo:
We begin period #3 with a tie game. All momentum and lines are reset and Giroux and Crosby are at center ice. What’s say we play some hockey?
Giroux is able to get it back to Konecny who carries it over the blue line. He tries to set up something, but is overpowered by Schultz who gains control off the puck. Line change as Pittsburgh attacks.
Bryan Rust just barely starts an odd man rush as he dashes over the line, taking advantage of the line change, but Wayne Simmonds says “no,” poke checking the puck away from the man and gaining control for Philadelphia. A new line is set as a Flyer waits behind the net to set up a new drive.
The new drive doesn’t get anywhere as Pittsburgh manages to overpower the Flyers in Pittsburgh’s zone, never letting the puck off of the boards. Eventually the puck clears the blue line and lines change as Pittsburgh gains control. Buuuuutttt not much happens for a while. (Lull) I’m going to get some nachos-you want anything? No? Alright.
Another Lull. Lines are long for nachos. 11:00 left in regulation.
What’d I miss? Woah, look at this! Provorov(1) to Read(0) to Gostisbehere(1)!
And Murray just sits on the thing, freezing the puck. *sigh* With how exciting the rest of the *crunch* grame wazh *m*, you wud nink *crunch* it wud shill *crunch* be gud *m*. Should have gotten a soda.
Voracek and Letang fight for the puck in the corner, Letang comes out on top. Another minute passes. *slurp*
The Penguins finally manage to power through the Flyer’s tough defense and get a Play set up. Ruhwedel(0) to Sheahan(0) to Rust(0) *slurp* *crunch*
Mrazek slaps it down and passes it out to Gudas and we now have a three on one as they dash towards Murray! Gudas(0) to Patrick(1) to Cole(0):
Murray(2) just gets a skate on it, but Courturier(3) flashes by and gets a stick on it, shooting!
Only 8 minutes left on the clock and the Flyers are up by 1. A lucky rebound can change the game, that’s for sure.
Ugh. I’m too old to eat all those nachos. Have you seen the line for the bathroom lately? Is it long? Should I go now or what ’till later?
Fresh off the Philly goal, Filppula uses their momentum to make another play over Pittsburgh’s blue line: Laughton(1/2) to Raffl(1/2) to Filppula(1):
The puck gets deflected to the corner, Raffl(1/2) manages to snag it and go for a wrap-around:
The puck squirts out towards the circles, where Raffl(1/2) is able to take another swipe at it.
This time Murray is able to get the puck to his own teammate, almost having a two goal game appear with seven minutes left.
The Pittsburgh coach uses his last Skip to forgo the fourth line and jump right back to his first. Of course, Philadelphia has both Skips still available, so does the same to get the best players on the ice.
And I roll a Lull! Probably the LAST thing Pittsburgh needs right now. 4 minutes left on the clock. Now the choice on when to pull the goalie. Obviously 4 minutes is a bit early, but let’s see what happens. (BTW: You can not roll a Lull in the last 3 minutes of the game)
Giroux wins the face off (he’s on fire for face off wins this game), but Pittsburgh’s speed causes a turnover after a minute, and the Pittsburgh coach uses his “2x” chit to keep his main line on the ice while Philadelphia changes to their second line. Since they have possession, they also choose to pull their goalie. Dun, dun DUN!!!!
Six Pens on the offense, passing and shooting, but a turnover happens; Neal Patrick races down the ice, six Penguins racing after him. Here’s a roll on a seldom used chart: Deflection (shot vs. empty net):
Due to Pittsburgh’s lack of Squares on their team (noted for their offense, not defense), they are unable to get a stick on it: Empty Net goal for Patrick!
Pittsburgh isn’t done yet. Malkin wins the face off and rushes the net. Letang(1) to Sheahan(0) to Malkin(3):
Right in Mrazek’s belly! That was an excellent chance for the Pens, but just couldn’t put the Philly team down. Mrazek dumps the puck behind the net and we are down to 1 minute of play.
Matt Read tak-OH! Never mind, in center ice Conor Sheary decides that rather than winning the game, why not just beat the living hell out of the opposing team? It’s apparently a clean hit, but as teams are want to do, they all gather together to have a nice talk about it (and ask each other to sniff their gloves). When all is said and done there’s little time left to finish the game, so everyone leaves for their cars and I quickly run to the bathroom to wait for a year and a half.
Philadelphia Flyers 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Stanley Cup Playoff Rankings April 11th 2018 (Earth-018)
Certainly not the historical 0-7 of the actual first game, but it seemed to play out like a normal game to me. What do you think?
This is a great game to play while at work, because it’s easy to roll a few dice until you hit a stoppage of play or a line change and then write down/type up what happened, then alt-tab back to work for a while. I’ll keep playing out the finals, playing one game and doing out of town scores for others and see who wins the cup in my fictional universe. If you like, I’ll report the results here, too. April 12th had the Sharks play the Ducks, the Leafs in Boston, the Avalanche facing the Predators, the Devils and the Lightening, and the Blue Jackets playing…what are their names? Oh yeah, the Capitals. I believe I already have the Leafs and Boston made, so they’ll be the ones I play out.
Welp, that was fun. Now to endlessly debate if Pittsburgh should have pulled their goalie that early.