Last time we saw each other, it was Thursday last week and Dan was running through some practices, chatting with a few of you and that was where he announced that after deliberation and debate, we decided to go ahead with the much requested Playoffs 2.0. That has changed however this week with an announcement from the league that we will be seeing playoffs someday soon. Ever the one stay ahead of the curve, I decided this morning that we should change it up and so today at 3pm MT right here in this very article.. #NationSims2 will begin with us simulating the new playoffs starting with a best-of-five against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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

How we got here:

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

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!

But with this being a new idea that came to fruition overnight, the jersey polls will start Sunday ahead of Game Two (Monday at 7pm MT)

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.

Here is today’s:


The Forwards:

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

The Defence:

Klef – Larsson
Nurse – Bear
Jones – Green

The Netminder:


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?