With a full season on the schedule and new divisions, hockey fans are chomping at the bit to get back on the ice. EA Sports tells the tale of the season using NHL 14 to predict events.

The game predicts that the St. Louis Blues will beat the Penguins four games to two in the finals to win the Stanley Cup for the first time, with Alex Pietrangelo picking up the Conn Smythe trophy in the process. In the regular season, the Blues grabbed second place in the new Central Division and earned the third seed in the Western Conference with 99 points.

Last year, EA Sports used NHL 13 to predict that the Rangers would beat the Blackhawks in the finals.

For more on the simulation, including all the playoff teams and trophy winners, head over to the game's official blog.

NHL 14 is out now for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out Bertz's review here.

[Source: EA Sports]


Our Take:
The Blues are a physically tough team to play against – a quality that makes them dangerous in the playoffs. The resigning of Pietrangelo and Stewart in the offseason could also help make this a reality.