A simulation run by EA Sports' NHL 14 video game predicts that the St. Louis Blues will win their first ever Stanley Cup championship, lead by star player Alex Pietrangelo. The sports video game company finds that, according to the simulation, Pietrangelo will be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Blues upset Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins to take the series 4-2 in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
"The St. Louis Blues are the personification of NHL 14," Sean Ramjagsingh, NHL 14 Producer. "They're tough, fast and have one of the deepest lineups in the League, making them a favourite to finish on top this season."
The simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the video game 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 simulation also found theChicago Blackhawks taking home the Presidents' Trophy with 108 points,only one point separating fifth place San Jose Sharks from the eighth place Edmonton Oilers in the West, who finally edge their way into the Stanley Cup Playoffs by taking the fourth seed in the Pacific Division, breaking their seven-year playoff drought, which was the longest active streak in the NHL.
NHL 14released September 10 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. News10's Game Guys rated the game 88 out of 100 in their review.