When we last came together on Wednesday night, the Edmonton Oilers battled with the Chicago Blackhawks. After finding themselves (the Oilers) down 2-0 in the first, they battle back and won the game in convincing fashion, eliminating the Hawks in three straight games of the best-of-five series. That means the Oilers moved forward from the play-in round and now will face the Dallas Stars in the first round. That Game One starts tonight at 7pm MT right here in this very article!

About 15 minutes prior to game time, the stream will be live here:

How we got here:

In case you missed it, we ran a completely random sim (aside from some tweaking to the sliders to make them more realistic for a 20 minute period sim) and the Edmonton Oilers, valiantly fought hard to make a series of it in the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Dallas Stars in 7 games.

If you would like to check out that recap check here:

The End is a New Beginning – NHL20 Stream Wrap/Plans

Then #NationSims2 began with us playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the play-in round.

Here is a break down of how all the other series went:

The Jerseys:

When we ran the previous playoff stream, you asked for the ability to pick the jersey matchup each night. We love doing this for you and this will continue, I will just be running the jersey polls the day before a game to get them out there longer, and to get others to tune in as well as you!

The Lineups:

Since the playoffs started, I have been trying to get you guys to answer a poll that lets some… I mean, I have been happy to do this haha. This time I think I will run a start or sit poll on social.

Look for that on game days.

Today’s is the whole lineup. I just want to see if there are any combos you want.

The Forwards:

Ennis – McDavid – Kassian
RNH – NeonLeon – Yam
AA – Sheahan – Archibald
Neal – Haas – Nygard

The Defence:

Klef – Larsson
Nurse – Bear
Jones – Green

The Netminder:


Around the Rest of the League:

Heavy schedule for the rest of the league ahead of Game One for the Oilers…

Minnesota vs Colorado
Game One: 1-0 OT MIN
Min: Koivu
Col: No goals

Winnipeg vs St. Louis
Game One: 2-1 WPG
Wpg: Appleton, Copp
Stl: Parayko

Florida vs Tampa Bay
Game One: 5-2 FLA
Fla: Weegar, Wallmark, Sceviour, Boyle, Hoffman
Tbl: Stephens, Cirelli

Toronto vs Boston
Game One: 4-2 BOS
Bos: McAvoy, Marchand, Grzelcyk, Bjork
Tor: Marner, Engvall

Arizona vs Vegas
Game One: 5-4 OT ARI
Ari: Stepan, Stepan, Lyubushkin, Crouse, Stepan
Vgk: Quinney, Karlsson, Reaves, Karlsson

Carolina vs Washington
Game One: TBP

Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia
Game One: TBP

Life After The Playoffs:

The reality is like the first playoffs we had, this fun ride will end. If you want to check out the article I laid out for new ideas from myself and you:

The End is a New Beginning – NHL20 Stream Wrap/Plans

As of right now, the next move will be Olympics 2018 revisited with NHL players, so stay tuned!

Now, does anyone have any score predictions for today’s game?