Utilizing the advanced artificial intelligence of “NHL 13,” EA Sports simulated the NHL playoffs, predicting a New York Rangers victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
According to EA Sports, the big storylines throughout this year’s playoffs will be:
• The New York Rangers win their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history and their first since the 1993-94 season, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
• Rangers forward Brad Richards wins the Conn Smythe Trophy, the second of his career. Richards notched 24 points in the playoffs to lead all players.
• Richards becomes the sixth player in NHL history to win at least two Conn Smythe Trophies, joining Patrick Roy (3), Wayne Gretzky (2), Mario Lemieux (2), Bobby Orr (2) and Bernie Parent (2)
• The Chicago Blackhawks looked unbeatable as they progressed through the rounds, winning each series in five games before falling to the Rangers in six games.
• The Western Conference saw two upsets in the opening round with the Detroit Red Wings (7) beating the Anaheim Ducks (2), while the Los Angeles Kings (5) defeated the St. Louis Blues (4).
• The Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated in the first round of the simulation, although they did manage to take their Original Six rivals, the Boston Bruins, to seven games.
• The Pittsburgh Penguins, who looked to be a strong favorite to win the Stanley Cup, fell to the Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.