NHL 20 Simulation: Red Wings Beat Flyers

Continuing the NHL 20 simulated Detroit Red Wings season with Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

It took five tries, but it finally happened.

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night for their first win in five virtual games since shifting to an EA Sports NHL 20 simulated season due to the postponed games because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

You fans might have made the difference.

Back at Little Caesars Arena (LCA) after games on the road against the Arizona Coyotes, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins, we brought the fans virtually into the arena through Twitch.tv.

Moving forward, we’ll do this for every game, so plan to join us at 7 PM ET Saturday when the Red Wings take on the Washington Capitals at LCA. Reminders will be shared on our social media handles, so follow along at Octopus Thrower, too.

OK, enough with the plugs and onto the game.

This one was Red Wings early and often, starting with one of the most consistent players. Forward Robby Fabbri found the back of the net in the first period and Detroit never really looked back.

It was 2-1 going into the third period, but the Red Wings would not be denied in front of the live, home, crowd Thursday.

Forward Dylan Larkin scored two goals back-to-back and before the third period was even half over, Detroit was up 4-1.

The Flyers tightened the score, cutting the lead to 5-3 within the final minutes of the game, but Fabbri solidified the win with an empty-net goal to give the team a 6-3 victory and first of the virtual season.

As mentioned, the Red Wings will be home Saturday against the Capitals before traveling to St. Louis Tuesday, March 31 and then Toronto on Thursday, April 1, before finishing the season at LCA against the Tampa Bay Lightning.