Which NHL team will win the Stanley Cup this year? EA Sports has now performed its annual simulation from the real-world season, applying NHL 17 Coins to predict that the Nashville Predators will defeat the Montreal Canadiens to hoist the trophy.
EA’s simulation has failed to accurately predict the Stanley Cup winner for three years within a row now. Final year, the simulation said the Washington Capitals would win, however it was the Pittsburgh Penguins that ended up on major. In 2015, it predicted the Anaheim Ducks would win the Cup, but it was the Chicago Blackhawks that won. A year prior to that in 2014, the simulation stated the Boston Bruins would win, but the Los Angeles Kings took house the trophy.
In accordance with EA’s newest simulation, the Predators will win the Western Conference title, capping off the typical season with 110 points just before heading in to the playoffs. The group will ultimately beat the Canadiens in NHL Coins Game 6, as outlined by the simulation. Predators winger Filip Forsberg is predicted to win the Conn Smythe Trophy because the playoff MVP, choosing up 26 points inside the postseason.
The predicted Stanley Cup finals loss will sting all the more for the Canadiens, as the group traded star defenseman P.K. Subban towards the Predators in the offseason, a move that some criticized.
EA’s annual Madden NFL simulation has been a lot more trustworthy in recent years. The simulation’s prediction for Super Bowl XLIX among the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was eerily accurate, not merely obtaining the final score appropriate (28-24), but also the fourth quarter comeback and also the final score play.
The 2016/2017 NHL season starts next week. For more on NHL 17, which came out in September, check out GameSpot’s assessment and what other critics are saying.