The lights are on
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.
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The funny thing about this article is a non-goalie won the Conn Smythe. That never happens in the EA Sports NHL series!
That is a pretty interesting season simulation result. I could actually see that happening, although in reality the Blues would probably have a tougher time reaching the Stanley Cup. I like it anyway!
i would freak out if the blues one!!! GO BLUES!!!!
I'm gonna say that's almost as bad as having the Rangers win last year.
Penguins will win.
Let me guess, San Jose Sharks got eliminated in the first round? -__-
Hawks are gonna repeat!
Let's go CANES!!
As a lifelong Blues fan (who's been disappointed 30-odd years in a row) this was quite the uplifting article.
Now let's see it happen in RL!