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EA Sports predicts St. Louis Blues as 2014 Stanley Cup champions

Sep 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The creators of NHL 14 simulated how their game sees the upcoming season playing out and fans in St. Louis are going to love the results.

EA Sports’ simulation sees the Blues knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to win the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup. NHL 14 producer Sean Ramjagsingh explains how the Blues came out on top.

“The St. Louis Blues are the personification of NHL 14,” he says. “They’re tough, fast and have one of the deepest lineups in the League, making them a favorite to finish on top this season.”

It’s tough to argue with that. They’re deep in goal, they’ve got plenty of great players on defense, and they can score a little bit. They’re heavy favorites to make the playoffs and have solid odds to win the Stanley Cup already.

As for how the Blues get there, they do it by beating the simulation’s Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Chicago Blackhawks. Knocking off the Penguins in the Final would make it all the sweeter for St. Louis. After all, getting to see captain David Backes hoist the Cup would be all worth it, right?

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As for other results in EA’s simulation, they see a couple of familiar names taking home scoring awards.

They project Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby as the Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner with 109 points while Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos comes away with the Rocket Richard Trophy scoring 64 goals, edging out Washington’s Alex Ovechkin with a mere 53.

Meanwhile, Stamkos’ Lightning teammate, Jonathan Drouin, takes home the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year.

One potential surprise in their simulation sees the Edmonton Oilers beating out the Anaheim Ducks by four points for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division race ending their seven-year playoff drought. Los Angeles, Vancouver, and San Jose join the Oilers in the playoffs while the Central race has Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Dallas emerging.

Curiously enough in the East, EA has the Ottawa Senators on the outside looking in while Boston, Detroit, Montreal, and Toronto make the playoffs in the Atlantic. The Metropolitan race sees Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, and New York Islanders make the playoffs.

As for the race for the No. 1 pick in the draft, EA has the Florida Panthers finishing with the fewest points with 73. No word if they had Tim Thomas factoring into that fun. The rest of the bottom has Carolina (74), Calgary (75), Colorado (76), Buffalo (77), and Winnipeg (77) all finishing with fewer than 80 points.

EA’s simulations have been pretty good about getting the participants nailed down in recent years. Fans in St. Louis hope they’re definitely on the mark this time around.

  1. canadianguest - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Maybe they could improve the player ratings and run it again.

  2. ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    and they do so with what looks to be the exact same animations from NHL13. I can’t justify paying twice for the same game. waiting for 15 already.

  3. DED - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Didn’t they predict the Penguins to win it last year? Yeah, not really gonna give this any more thought. No offense to Blues fans but EA Sports doesn’t have a great track record at predicting Cup winners. I would rather PHT conduct a poll and let its readers vote on who they think will win it.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I don’t know why you would see this as a legitimate predictive tool, it’s just fun. It also proves how much we want real hockey to start.

    • hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      I’m sure a consensus would easily be reached amongst us. hahahahahaha

      • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        yeah PHT commenters tend to be an agreeable community of overall hockey fans…. no homers here. lmao

      • avfanforlife - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Agreed – Because everybody knows that the AV’s are going to be the Cinderella story this year and win it all. Duh.

    • jl9830 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I mean, did you think they could read the future?

    • umrguy42 - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Oh, as a Blues fan, I’m totally not offended. I just hope that it’ll be the second time ever they’ve gotten it right :D

    • blackhawks2013 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Before I can take them seriously can someone tell me what there accuracy has been the last 10 years? I saw where they were sooo wrong last year.

  4. capsfan19 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Panthers and calgary in the finals. Im predicting calgary in five.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      and Scott Gomez will win the Hart.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    my dog has selected the San Jose Sharks to win the Cup this year.I set out all the teams hats on the ground and she sniffed that one first.Its a great system.

  6. zwilhelm16 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Go Blues!!!!

  7. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Anyone know the history of the predictions? I want to say they predicted Chicago last year but I could be wrong. LGB!

  8. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    They got the Rangers beating Chicago

  9. blomfeld - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    THANKS A LOT EA !

    Thanks to companies like Electronic Arts and others, children no longer frolic on playgrounds, golf courses sit empty and go bankrupt and the beautiful pleasure of simply ‘reading a book’ has now become passe. The bottom line friends is that computer gaming and all so-called ‘virtual’ entertainment is nothing more than an ‘utter and complete’ waste of time ! … not to mention the dangerous ‘mental & physical’ side effects. For example today (my day off from work), instead of sitting in front of a computer screen for hours playing some stupid ‘make believe’ game, I’ll play an actual round of golf together with some friends here at a local course. Strolling the beautiful fairways, breathing in fresh clean air, reveling at the satisfaction of a ‘pure’ strike and enjoying the comradery of friends … nothing can or ever will beat the ‘real’ thing ! :)

    *** ENJOY LIFE THE WAY IT IS ‘MEANT’ TO BE ENJOYED !!! ***

    • thesportsjudge - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Can’t blame EA for making a decent playable game. Place more blame on the parents that just buy the systems/computers and the games for their kids to be the babysitter, or not placing limitations on gaming time. Parents would rather be a friend to their kids than, you know, be a parent.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      I mostly agree with the sentiment (maybe not the wording), but to be fair, couldn’t watching hockey on TV be considered virtual entertainment just as much as playing a hockey video game? I fail to see the difference. I also don’t agree with the assumption that anybody that plays this game has turned their life over to it. I, for one, play real hockey, golf, AND play the NHL series.

    • valoisvipers - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      @Blomfeld Keep em long and straight friend, fairways and greens. Enjoy your round and the beautiful day.

    • royallypucked - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Coming from someone on a computer or some other internet connecting device…. Not really making a good case for yourself buddy

    • bluesfan41 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      What an idiot you are blomfeld. First, the talk about gold, I HATE GOLF, so that has nothing to do with it. You again reference golf. I get your point but your pointing out things YOU like and thing you don’t like and stating it as if the world loves it. Sorry too old timer but I read A LOT but you can read, learn, and expand your mind by reading internet articles. Actually, the internet is much better when you consider the time it take to get a book to the public. So sorry to point all this out but you are a total self-centered person in your comment. The games are make believe, but when you play golf, are you playing for the PGA? Playing for money? Playing for your tour card? If not, then you “great outside” game of golf is just as meaningless as a virtual game and actually, you spend a lot more on your meaningless “make believe” golf game. Its called fun and opinions, pull the stick out of your a $ $ and realize that

      • DonkeyStick - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        I didn’t think anyone could sound as stupid as blomfeld…….and then I read your comment.

  10. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Get down off your soap box and worry about yourself. People are free do live they’re life any way they choose. Why don’t you go read a book and stop wasting your life trolling sports web sites.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      yeah but just because you’re free to do something doesn’t mean it’s good for the individual or the community. trying to slow the dumbing down/fattening up of our kids isn’t a horrible thing. I have a hard time believing you don’t agree with any part of what he said. he’s clearly coming from a place that aims to help others (as I don’t see any PERSONAL motivation for him speaking to get kids active). but yeah, his trollism could probably stop… I don’t see how that comment on HERE is changing the world.

  11. LampyB - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I can see st louis making the finals. I dont see Pitt doing so. Its just an easy prediction, no thought process involved.

  12. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Seriously, why do people care what EA Sports predicts? They aren’t very good at it at all. Anyone could be as accurate at predictions as they are.

    NHL 13 predicted the Rangers… Hawks won
    NHL 12 predicted the Penguins… Kings won
    NHL 11 predicted the Canucks… Bruins won
    NHL 10 predicted the Hawks… Hawks won. ONLY time they’ve been right.
    NHL 09 predicted the Bruins… Penguins won
    NHL 08 predicted the Sharks… Wings won
    NHL 07 predicted the Senators… Ducks won

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      This is actually less comical than their Rangers prediction.

    • canadianguest - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Lets take this a step further
      2007, Sens lost to Ana in the finals 4 games to 1
      2008, SJS lost to Dal, who lost to Det, who beat Pit
      2009, Bos lost to Car, who lost to Pit, who beat Det
      2010, Chi won
      2011, Van lost to Bos in the finals 4 games to 3
      2012, Pit lost to Phi, who lost to NJD, Who beat NYR, then lost to LA
      2013, NYR lost to Bos, who beat Pit, then lost to Chi

      1 of 7 times the predicted team won 4 rounds, and the Stanley Cup
      2 of 7 times the predicted team won 3 rounds
      3 of 7 times the predicted team won 1 round
      1 of 7 times the predicted team failed to win a playoff round

  13. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Thanks for the research lupy. I don’t need ea predictions, I’ve been predicting the blues to win the cup for forty years now.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Hopefully my Leafs can meet your Blues in the finals. At least get one of our droughts over with. :)

  14. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Hes playing ea tiger woods golf over at his buddy’s house

  15. jernster21 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I stopped taking this serious when they listed the Avalanche as only having one more point than the Calgary Flames.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      because last year proved to us that that’s a foolish prediction……. not.

  16. jpat2424 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Now that’s a joke.

  17. putonfoil - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Dream on! No one will knock off the Blackhawks. They have speed, talent and depth.

  18. pfhockey - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I’m also confident the Blues will win the Cup this year only on these factors
    1. Goaltending must be Elite similar to 2011-12
    2. Tarasenko Breakout
    3. Consistency
    4. Norris candidate year from Pietrangelo

  19. savior72 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Plus Brett Hull back on the “team”

  20. Anoesis - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I’ll start believing the Blues have a shot when they can get past the Kings, who’ve beaten them four straight two years in a row.

  21. mclovinhockey - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    The two teams they predict to win the conferences lost some depth this year… Not sure why but I feel it will look nothing like this at the end of the year

  22. andyreidisfat - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    It’s funny in my first gm mode season the flyers captured the title. I should also say giroux led the league in scoring with 397 points and jake led the league in goals with 184…………

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Jake from State Farm?

  23. skarfacci - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    This reporter must’ve been bored. Are video games that important, that we’re gauging champions of a professional sport by them? Gimme a break.

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