REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the 2018-19 NHL® season set to start next
week, EA SPORTS™ NHL® 19 today released the results of its
annual season simulation. In what has become an annual tradition, the EA
SPORTS NHL simulation predicts who makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs,
who takes home the major awards and which team will hoist the Stanley Cup®,
ahead of each season start.
Big off-season acquisitions played a large role in the NHL®
19 simulation this year. Led by star center John Tavares, this
year’s predicted Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the high-octane Maple Leafs
dominate the Eastern Conference before defeating the San Jose Sharks in
the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, ending a 50-year championship drought for
the Original Six franchise.
A link to the NHL® 19 blog post
detailing all the results can be found here.
Some other notable predictions from the season simulation include:
- Following an off-season full of rumors and uncertainty surrounding his
future in Ottawa, Erik Karlsson settled down with his new team,
leading the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final and claiming his third
James Norris Memorial Trophy, as the league’s best defenseman
- Former NHL® 18 cover athlete
Connor McDavid continued to dominate the league, taking home the Hart
Memorial Trophy (league MVP) and Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion)
- The Vegas Golden Knights proved to be more than a one-year-wonder,
claiming the Presidents Trophy thanks to a league-high 118 points
- Led by NHL® 19 cover star P.K.
Subban, the Nashville Predators again made a deep run into the
playoffs, before losing in the Western Conference Final to San Jose
- Powered by #1 overall pick and Calder Memorial Trophy winner Rasmus
Dahlin, the Buffalo Sabres returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for
the first time since the 2010-11 season
NHL® 19 launched to critical
acclaim on September 14, heralded as “the best playing hockey game of
the generation” by Game Informer and “the best sports game currently on
the market” by Inside Hockey. NHL® 19
introduces players to the World of CHEL where they can compete in the
great outdoors and journey from the pond to the pros. Powered by the
revolutionary RPM Tech gameplay technology, NHL®
19 delivers all-new skating and collision physics systems that make
gameplay look, feel and play better. In addition, over 200 playable
hockey Legends gives fans the chance to compete with and against the
greatest players to ever lace up their skates.
The EA SPORTS NHL season simulation is conducted annually by
artificial intelligence that uses real-life data from each player.
Results are determined by the videogame when two teams match up based on
player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as
injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.
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In fiscal year 2018, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $5.15 billion.
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