Jets Win The Stanley Cup in EA Sports' Playoffs Simulation
Every year, EA Sports runs a Stanley Cup Playoffs Simulation to predict the winner. This year, for what it’s worth, the NHL 18 computers picked our Winnipeg Jets.
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According to EA Sports, “It came down to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Led by Patrik Laine, the high-flying Winnipeg Jets battled against Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. It was a back-and-forth game that featured stellar saves by Connor Hellebuyck and Tuukka Rask, trying their best to bring home the Stanley Cup for their team.”
Based on the predictions, the Jets beat the Minnesota Wild in the first round (5 games), followed by victories over the Nashville Predators in what EA Sports called “the best match-up of the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs” (7 games) and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights (6 games).
As if Winnipeg didn’t already have enough to cheer about, the simulation also had fan favourite Patrik Laine winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for his 15-goal/24-point performance. According to the predictions, “Mathieu Perreault was the unsung hero for the Jets after he recorded 15 points and was a catalyst on the Jets’ power play.”
For what it’s worth, last year’s simulation incorrectly picked the Nashville Predators to defeat the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup in seven games. Hopefully this is the year they get it right.
Go Jets Go!