EA Sports Predicts New York Rangers to Become Stanley Cup Champions
Similar (though not as popular) to EA’s Superbowl simulation, the company has taken the liberty of running the entire 2013 NHL post-season through their simulation mode in NHL 13.
The Rangers recently finished in second place in the Atlantic Division, and sixth place in the Eastern Conference, matching them up with the Washington Capitals in the first round. The Eastern conference match-ups were decided by upsets, with the Rangers being chief architects, taking down both the aforementioned Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins in a complete seven-game series each before completely steamrolling the Montreal Canadiens with a sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Rangers would go on to win their first cup since the 1993-94 season, and their fifth in franchise history, after defeating the Western Conference Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in six games. Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time (becoming only the sixth player in history to win it more than once) in his career after amassing a total of 24 points. This was due mostly to his partnership with Rick Nash, who scored a total of 14 goals. Olympic gold medalist and star goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, was also instrumental in the team’s win, his 16-8 record was punctuated by a 1.89 GAA and .917% save percentage, amidst two shutouts.
EA Canada is currently developing NHL 14, and it will be published by EA Sports on September 10th, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.