Friday, October 28, 2005

If you think my NHL 95 playing is pathetic now...

My NHL 95 (or NHL '95) season abruptly ended last week. I stopped playing for a while and when I did return to the faux Genesis console, I was tired of using my modified Tampa Bay Lightning (made of friends who were rated overall in the low 70's) and figured 49 games into the season with a record of 48-1 (the one loss came (as you'll recall) when I didn't see the Lightning on the schedule so they weren't checked as my next game to play when I selected to play the next day's games, so the game was simulated). My goals against average (0.32) and goals scored average (9.89) weren't changing anytime soon. I already had the top 5 goal scorers, and the top assists leader and 5 of the top 6 places. My goalie wasn't close to anyone else in goals against and save percentage. My shooting percentage was around 59% and I was getting bored. For the last 10 games, I tried to have the top 5 assist players, but it was too cumbersome having to pass backward just to let my defender touch the puck before a goal.



I immediately ended the regular season and tore through the playoffs by an average margin of 11-0.25 (my aggressive goalie passing caught up with me). I beat the Red Wings 14-0 in the finals, with my left winger scoring the fan-favorite quadruple hat trick (she was used for most of the final game's goals since I was playing her favorite team and thought it would be hilarious to have her beat her team...ok, so maybe only I thought it wasn't funny).



Though I've considered a new season with my favorite Buffalo Sabres to average about 16 goals/game, that too will quickly get old. So next season I will take one of the weaker teams like Ottawa, select its worst starting 5 and goalie and use that as my saved lineup for every game. It should provide a much needed challenge since their lack of speed, checking ability, and stick handling, and everything else will really hurt my style of play. I don't think I will be able to replicate the awards presentation success I had with my friends on the Lightning - all 3 MVP nominations, all 3 top forward nominations, best goals against goalie (though this would be a cool one to win with a crummy goalie rated below 50) (by the way, my goalie did not win goalie of the year!), 2 of 3 scoring defenseman nominations, and all 3 playoff MVP nominations.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

you wouldn't get a shot on goal if u played me

B and T Crowd said...

What team do you like using? Have you ever defeated the AI playing when you play without a goalie? Thanks for visiting.

Chris said...

I too picked up the Jakks controller and find it a tad different than the gameplay on Sega. The "J" move isnt as easy. I play 5 minute periods, with penalties and offsides ON. Playing with offsides ON will cut down on breakaways and probably knock your goals scored per game down a couple of goals. About once a week I play a couple of games in my car at lunch as I have video input jacks in my new car.

I'll have to figure out a way to send you a graphic from my game. I am currently using the Detroit Red Wings and I am 50-0-0. The top 5 goal scorers are Yzerman, Fedorov, Sheppard, Kozlov, and Ciccarelli and Lidstrom and Coffey are the top scoring defensemen. My goalie, Bob Essensa is leading with a .68 GAA.

I have yet to allow more than one goal in a game, but I have to say your offense sounds pretty good. The one thing that I do try to do, to make it somewhat "competitive" is ONLY score on one-timers. If I went in and did the fake on the goalie I might be up in your neighborhood average 12+ goals per game......that being said your stats are very impressive......new to this whole blog thing but you can contact me at chrisschwartze@yahoo.com

B and T Crowd said...

Thanks for your post. I enjoyed your comments. When I give the game another chance, I will try playing with offsides. I agree that the goal total should go down by a few, but my bogus goals will still occur once everyone's onside. Of course, if I played with offsides, penalties and only one-timers, I wonder how low the score would be. As far as proof, you could try taking a picture of the screen and sending that file my way if you'd really want to do so.

I'm interested in hearing how your season progresses and if you don't too bored and end it early. Oh yeah, a challenge to throw your way is to beat the computer when you don't have a goalie. It sounds tough, but really isn't if you harass the shooters once they're over the blue line.

Anonymous said...

Me and the guys will take on all challengers in 4 way NHL 95 on sega or through online play on Kalliera. Bring it on!

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