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Old 10-18-2020, 05:34 PM   #1
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NHL 21 Franchise Mode Stories

I've been posting Franchise game recaps and highlights in TNK's thread to help test out the sliders. I figured I will move it to a new thread so I don't fill up his thread with my games since he posts his too. Feel free to post your own recaps and highlights here. I just started doing this last night and it has been a fresh way to enjoy Franchise mode. I'll be using this box score generator for the game recaps:

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Old 10-18-2020, 06:58 PM   #2
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Franchise Mode Game 15 Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche

The Avs returned to the Pepsi Center ice after 5 days off, looking to build on the back to back wins they picked up in Western Canada. They got off to a slow start after taking an early penalty and failing to clear the puck as Colton Sissons scored yet another goal against the Avalanche. Just 4 minutes later Colorado found themselves down by 2 after veteran defenseman Mattias Ekholm beat Grubauer from the high slot. Despite their advanatage in SOG the Avs went into the intermission trailing by 2. The 2nd period opened with Nashville applying some pressure but Grubauer was able to keep the defecit at 2. Later in the period MacKinnon gathered the puck in his own zone and showed why he is one of the best players in the NHL when he took it end to end and beat Saros upstairs. Despite more positive play the Avs were still trailing entering the 3rd. The 3rd period was all Colorado however. The Avs tied the game on a vintage Mikko Rantanen backdoor tap in after a nice saucer feed from captain Gabe Landeskog. The Avs kept pressuring and scored the game winning goal on a Brandon Saad deflection after some strong cycle play in the offensive zone. After one quick game at home the Avs head back on the road to take on another division foe, the Winnipeg Jets.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche
Nov 7, 2020123F
NSH (6-8-1)2002
COL (12-3-0)0123
Three Stars
Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
1 Goal, 1 Assist
Brandon Saad (COL)
1 Goal
Mikko Rantanen (COL)
1 Goal
Team Stats Comparison
NSHCOL
Shots on Goal2039
Hits2023
Faceoffs Won-Lost14-2828-14
Penalty Minutes4:008:00
Power Plays Converted10
Power Play Opportunities42
Time on Attack4:139:59
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
NSHColton Sissons (PP) (unassisted) 1:33
NSHMattias Ekholm (Arvidsson, Forsberg) 5:13
SECOND PERIOD
COLNathan MacKinnon (Makar) 8:07
THIRD PERIOD
COLMikko Rantanen (Landeskog, MacKinnon) 9:39
COLBrandon Saad (Toews, Nichushkin) 14:23
Nashville Predators - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Jussi Saros393692%3.01
Colorado Avalanche - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Philipp Grubauer201890%2.00
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Franchise Mode Game 16 Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets

Looking to continue their red hot start to the season, the Avalanche travelled to Winnipeg to take on the struggling division rival Jets. The 1st period was low event, with most of the play happening in the neutral zone or along the boards. The Avs were able to take a 1-0 lead however, with Athanasiou causing a turnover at the blue line and using his speed to beat Hellebuyck on a breakaway. Starting the 2nd with the lead, the Avalanche turned up the pressure and started to put more shots on the outstanding Winnipeg goaltender. He was able to weather the storm until late in the period when Rantanen collected a loose puck along the boards and beat Hellebuyck high glove side for his 10th goal of the season. Entering the 3rd with a 2 goal lead the Avs looked to see the game out but their lead was cut in half when Laine beat Grubauer from the slot on the powerplay. The Avs were able to escape with the win, courtesy of an Erik Johnson empty net goal with 0:02 remaining.

Athanasiou Goal:


Rantanen Goal:


Laine Goal:



Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets
Nov 9, 2020123F
COL (13-3-0)1113
WPG (3-9-3)0011
Three Stars
Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
34 Saves
Erik Johnson (COL)
1 Goal
Andreas Athanasiou
1 Goal
Team Stats Comparison
COLWPG
Shots on Goal3718
Hits2129
Faceoffs Won-Lost21-1818-21
Penalty Minutes4:008:00
Power Plays Converted01
Power Play Opportunities42
Time on Attack9:424:23
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
COLAndreas Athanasiou (Unassisted) 3:49
SECOND PERIOD
COLMikko Rantanen (Unassisted) 15:00
THIRD PERIOD
WPGPatrik Laine-PP (Little, Stastny) 8:48
COLErik Johnson-EN (Donskoi) 19:58
Colorado Avalanche - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Philipp Grubauer181794%1.00
Winnipeg Jets - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Connor Hellebuyck363494%2.02

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Franchise Mode Game 17 Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers

The Avalanche look to stay hot, this time visiting Rogers Place in Edmonton. In a game where all eyes would inevitably be on star centers Nathan MacKinnon and Conor McDavid, it was the team's depth players who would shine. The 1st period saw the Avalanche put a ton of shots on net thanks in part to the Oilers defense inability to move the puck, but Mike Smith rolled back the clock and kept the game scoreless. The 2nd period saw the Avalanche continue to outshoot the Oilers. The Avs were finally able to break the deadlock with a nice Graves stretch pass finding Saad for a breakaway on Smith. Later on in the 2nd the Avs doubled their lead on another breakaway set up by a patient play in the neutral zone by JT Compher, this time it was Donskoi deking Smith for the finish. The Oilers found their legs in the 3rd and put more pressure on the Avalance, and even halved the defecit when Zack Kassian sniped Francouz from the slot for a shorthanded goal. Despite the Avs early season success, their powerplay remains a concern and needs to improve if the team wants to make a long post season run.

Saad Goal:


Donskoi Goal:


Kassian Goal:



Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers
Nov 11, 2020123F
COL (14-3-0)020
EDM (7-10-0)001
Three Stars
Mike Smith (EDM)
30 Saves
Brandon Saad (COL)
1 Goal
Zack Kassian (EDM)
1 Goal
Team Stats Comparison
COLEDM
Shots on Goal3218
Hits2016
Faceoffs Won-Lost18-2121-18
Penalty Minutes4:006:00
Power Plays Converted00
Power Play Opportunities32
Time on Attack10:424:00
Scoring Summary
SECOND PERIOD
COLBrandon Saad (Graves) :42
COLJoonas Donskoi (Compher, Johnson) 15:50
THIRD PERIOD
EDMZack Kassian-SH (Nugent-Hopkins, Larsson)
Colorado Avalanche - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Pavel Francouz181794%1.00
Edmonton Oilers - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Mike Smith323094%2.01

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Franchise Game 18 Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche

Colorado returned home to face Original Six foe Boston, looking to extend their winning streak to six. The Avs started fast, knowing it would take some work to solve Tuuka Rask. Six and a half minutes in they scored on a Mikko Rantanen deflection after some nice cycling, a play which is becoming a go to for the surging Avalanche. Just under seven minutes later, they doubled their lead on another deflection play, this time courtesy of Nazem Kadri off of a Cale Makar slapshot. Taking their 2 goal lead into the second, they started right where they left off. Just over two minutes into the middle frame, Kadri won a faceoff back to Girard, who moved the puck to a wide open Athanasiou flying up the left wing. Athanasiou was able to send in a cross ice feed to Kadri, who was driving the net and put the puck past Rask for a 3 goal Avalanche lead. The night got worse for Boston in the 3rd, when free agent signing Stone put the puck into his own net (goal was credited to Landeskog) to give the Avs a 4-0 win.

Rantanen Goal:


First Kadri Goal:


Second Kadri Goal:


Stone Own Goal:


Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche
Nov 14, 2020123F
BOS (9-9-0)2114
COL (15-3-0)0000
Three Stars
Philipp Grubauer (COL)
29 Saves, SO
Nazem Kadri (COL)
2 Goals
Mikko Rantanen (COL)
1 Goal
Team Stats Comparison
BOSCOL
Shots on Goal2940
Hits2116
Faceoffs Won-Lost31-2222-31
Penalty Minutes4:004:00
Power Plays Converted00
Power Play Opportunities22
Time on Attack6:267:30
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
COLMikko Rantanen (Graves, MacKinnon) 6:29
COLNazem Kadri (Makar, Saad) 13:26
SECOND PERIOD
COLNazem Kadri (Athanasiou, Girard) 2:26
THIRD PERIOD
COLGabe Landeskog (Unassisted) 8:51
Boston Bruins - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Tuuka Rask403690%4.01
Colorado Avalanche - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Philipp Grubauer2929100%0.00
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Cool thread man! I really like your table layouts
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Here's a heads up Aatu Raty in EA's most recent roster is a high elite two-way forward. This means that you are not going to want him on your top lines, since two-way forwards just kill your chemistry. So only draft him if you want to pay $13 million to a penalty kill specialist.
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Started the season 7-1-1, then dropped to 7-9-2 and now back up to 10-10-2. Have suffered a ton of injuries and just starting to get some guys back. I'm using my created expansion team the Kansas City Scouts (brought them back) with our AHL team the Kansas Mavericks. Playing in the Central division.

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