You see this all the time in the NFL where they will use the most recent Madden game to simulate that days game. I have chosen to do the same. The first five games on the Sabres Schedule are Pittsburgh, Detroit, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, and New Jersey.
The line-up I set was:
Vanek Hodgson Pominville
Foligno Ennis Stafford
Leino Ott Gerbe
Scott McCormick Kaleta
Game #1: Home vs Pittsburgh
1st Period: 2-1 Buffalo. PP Goal by Stafford and goal by Pominville.
2nd Period: 2-1 Buffalo
3rd Period: 3-1 Buffalo, final. Goal by Ehrhoff
3 Stars: Miller, Stafford, Ehrhoff
Assists by: Sulzer(2), Stafford, Hodgson, Vanek, Ehrhoff.
Game #2: Home vs Detroit
1st Period: 2-0 Buffalo. Goal by Gerbe and PP goal by Pominville
2nd Period: 2-0 Buffalo
3rd Period: 2-1 Buffalo, final.
3 Stars: Miller, Howard, Gerbe
Assists by: Hodgson, Leino, Leopold, Ott,
Game #3: Home vs NY Rangers
1st Period: 1-1 Tie. Goal by Vanek
2nd Period: 3-1 Buffalo. 2 goals by Leino, one on powerplay.
3rd Period: 5-2 Buffalo, final. goal by Stafford, empty net by Pominville
3 Stars: Leino, Stafford, Sulzer.
Assists by: Sulzer(2), Scott, Sekera, Hodgson, Ennis, Ott.
Game #4: Away at NY Islanders
1st Period: 1-1 Tie. Goal by Leino.
2nd Period: 2-2 Tie. Goal by Scott.
3rd Period: 3-3 Tie. Goal by Vanek.
Overtime: 4-3 Loss in OT.
3 Stars: Cizikas, Tavares, Striet.
Assists by: McCormick(2), Kaleta, Sekera, Pominville.
Game #5 : Home vs New Jersey: Enroth Starting
1st Period: 1-0 Devils.
2nd Period: 3-1 Devils. Goal by Myers
3rd Period: 4-1 Devils, final.
3 Stars: Brodeur, Kovalchuk, Myers.
Assists by: Sekera, Scott.
Through the Sabres first 5 games, they have a solid record of 3-1-1.
Goals – Leino(3)
Assists – Sulzer(4)
+/- – McCormick(+3)
PIMS – Scott(7)
GAA – 1.97(8 GA)
SV% – .935(123 Shots)
Wins – Miller(3)