EA Sports has done its yearly simulation for its NHL series. With the season officially kicking off this weekend, it appears that this simulation has saved us the trouble of watching this year. Or has it?
According to its result, EA Sports predicts that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be on their way to their 4th Stanley Cup this year after facing the Chicago Blackhawks in a decisive 4-2 series win.
Other notable team storylines the simulation predicted for the 2011-2012 NHL season are as follows:
· The Toronto Maple Leafs will squeak out an eighth place finish in the Eastern Conference, making the Playoffs for the first time in seven seasons
· The Minnesota Wild will finish eighth in the Western Conference and will make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008
· The Tampa Bay Lightning will once again miss out on the Stanley Cup Final; eliminated by the Penguins a seven game Eastern Conference Final
Several individual players also stood out in the NHL® 12 simulation. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will once again lead the League offensively, posting 110 points and will take home several pieces of hardware, winning the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay and the Hart Memorial trophies. NHL®12 Cover Athlete Steven Stamkos will capture the Rocket Richard Trophy with 53 goals. The Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber will capture the James Norris Memorial Trophy and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will take home the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Brayden Schenn will thrive with the Philadelphia Flyers in his rookie season and will be awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will take home his first ever Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie, leading all netminders with 41 wins and nine shutouts.