EA Sports Predicts the 2014 Stanley Cup Goes to… The St. Louis Blues
David Backes and the St. Louis Blues will hoist the Cup in 2014, an EA Sports season simulation claims (Photo Credit: EA Sports).
By Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett)
Predictions. They can run wild, border on insanity or inspire heated debates in a bar or living room or TV studios. They’re rarely accurate, but fun to make.
EA Sports believes they have predictions down to a virtual science, so much so that they release annual simulations of upcoming NHL seasons. EA Sports predicted in 2013 that the Pittsburgh Penguins would top the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final — both teams fell in the conference finals in real life. Perhaps it’s not an exact science.
Your 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues — according to EA Sports’ NHL 14, anyway (Photo Credit: EA Sports).
But EA Sports took another crack at it for 2013-14. Its artificial crystal ball reveals that the St. Louis Blues will defeat Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.
Among other notable predictions made by EA Sports’ NHL 14:
- The Edmonton Oilers will crack the playoffs at last, sneaking through the tradesman’s entrance of the Western Conference as the eighth seed.
- In defense of its 2013 title, the Chicago Blackhawks will win the Presidents Trophy, but will relinquish their throne to St. Louis in the Western Conference Final.
- Sidney Crosby will win the Hart and Art Ross trophies, finishing with 41 goals and 109 points.
- Steven Stamkos will grab the Rocket Richard Trophy with 64 goals.
- Rookie Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin will receive the Calder Trophy. Boston netminder Tuukka Rask will take the Vezina, Chicago’s Duncan Keith the Norris, Hawks center Jonathan Toews the Selke, and Blues blue liner Alex Pietrangelo the Conn Smythe.
Here are the full standings and Stanley Cup Playoffs tree below: