Season Simulation with EA Sports NHL 18 Forecasts Shocking Winner

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The new National Hockey League season is about to begin, and what better way to find out what might happen than using EA Sports NHL 18 to simulate the season.

The video game strives to be an accurate representation of the players and action in professional hockey. Stats and abilities are derived from real statistics of the players’ past performances with an eye toward growth or decline for the next year.

Rejoice, Tampa Bay fans! The Lightning, who are projected to finish first in the Atlantic Division but third in the Eastern Conference, face off against the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals and win Lord Stanley’s Cup in seven games. It would be the second cup in the franchise’s history.

For their part, the Oilers win the Pacific Division but head into the playoffs as the fourth seeded team in the Western Conference.

The league’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, finish 14th in the west, ahead of Vancouver Canucks. For a complete listing of how each team fared during the simulation, check out the EA Sports blog post.

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On an individual level, Connor McDavid, from the Oilers, wins the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player), the Art Ross Trophy (most points), and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP voted on by the players). McDavid is the cover athlete on NHL 18.

The EA Sports NHL 18 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.

The game is available now for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It is rated E 10+ for everyone 10 years of age and older due to mild violence.