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Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager

EA Sports Sim Predicts a New York Rangers Stanley Cup Victory

As the NHL Playoffs are set to begin next month, EA Sports ran its  traditional simulation of the playoffs with NHL 13.  The sim took the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup with the Rangers being crowned victorious with a six game victory.

The in-game storyline ran as follows:

  • The New York Rangers win their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history and their first since the 1993-94 Season, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
  • Rangers forward Brad Richards wins the Conn Smythe Trophy, the second of his career. Richards notched 24 points in the Playoffs to lead all players.
    • Richards becomes the sixth player in NHL history to win at least two Conn Smythe Trophies joining: Roy (3), Gretzky (2), Lemieux (2), Orr (2), Parent (2)
  • The Chicago Blackhawks looked unbeatable as they progressed through the rounds, winning each series in five games before falling to the Rangers in six games.
  • The Western Conference saw two upsets in the opening round with the Detroit Red Wings (7) beating the Anaheim Ducks (2), while the Los Angeles Kings (5) defeated the St. Louis Blues (4).
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated in the first round of the simulation, although they did manage to take their Original Six™ rivals, the Boston Bruins, to seven games.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins, who looked to be a strong favorite to win the Stanley Cup, fell to the Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.


In addition, EA Sports has also announced the NHL players who have advanced to round two of NHL 14 Cover Vote. The original 32 selected players have been whittled down to 14:

Eastern Conference

Bruins Tyler Seguin Lightning Victor Hedman
Canadiens P.K. Subban Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul
Capitals Nicklas Backstrom Panthers Kris Versteeg
Devils Martin Brodeur Penguins Evgeni Malkin
Flyers Wayne Simmonds Rangers Ryan Callahan
Hurricanes Eric Staal Sabres Thomas Vanek
Islanders John Tavares Senators Craig Anderson
Jets Evander Kane


Western Conference

Avalanche Matt Duchene Kings Anze Kopitar
Blackhawks Patrick Sharp Oilers Taylor Hall
Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky Predators Mike Fisher
Blues Alex Pietrangelo Red Wings Jimmy Howard
Canucks Ryan Kesler Sharks Logan Couture
Coyotes Shane Doan Stars Jamie Benn
Ducks Andrew Cogliano Wild Mikko Koivu
Flames Dennis Wideman


Wild Cards**

Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk Sharks Joe Thornton

The second round of the cover vote starts today and will run through May 5.  Fans can cast their vote by going to NHL.com/CoverVote. There is also an added bonus where fans can double their vote by participating in “Twitter Vote Thursdays”. Using the hash tag#NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram, fans can also use these player specific hashtags to secure a second vote. NHL 14 launches September 10 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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