Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 9/26/13
Each year EA Sports previews the upcoming NHL season by running a full simulation of the year on their latest title. This year EA ran their simulation on NHL 14 and the Stanley Cup winner was ... the St. Louis Blues.  How did your team do in EA's virtual simulation?  Let's first point out the team photo of the Blues with their virtual trophy. David Backes looks a bit possessed, doesn't he? If that's supposed to be Ken Hitchcock standing behind his team, well ... let's just say video games have a slimming effect.  As for the simulation itself, these types of things usually lead to some truly bizarre results. Considering the crazy injuries and trades you've probably seen the computer make when left to its own devices, who knows what the rosters looked like in this simulation when the year ended.  Here's how the West shook out:  Chicago Blackhawks – 108 pts L.A. Kings – 100 pts St. Louis Blues – 99 pts Vancouver Canucks – 93 pts San Jose Sharks – 90 pts Minnesota Wild – 90 pts Dallas Stars – 89 pts  – Wild Card Edmonton Oilers – 89 pts – Wild Card Anaheim Ducks – 85 pts Phoenix Coyotes – 84 pts Nashville Predators – 83 pts Winnipeg Jets – 77 pts Colorado Avalanche – 76 pts Calgary Flames – 75 pts Interesting. NHL 14 believes the Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs and narrowly edge out the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes. Bold prediction, but we'll see how it pans out.  As for the East: Pittsburgh Penguins – 106 pts Boston Bruins – 104 pts Detroit Red Wings – 102 pts New York Rangers – 101 pts Washington Capitals – 100 pts Montreal Canadiens – 91 pts Toronto Maple Leafs – 89 pts – Wild Card New York Islanders – 89 pts – Wild Card Ottawa Senators – 86 pts Philadelphia Flyers – 84 pts New Jersey Devils – 84 pts Columbus Blue Jackets – 84 pts Tampa Bay Lightning – 83 pts Buffalo Sabres – 77 pts Carolina Hurricanes – 74 pts Florida Panthers – 73 pts Pittsburgh up top is no surprise, but what might catch your attention is the prediction the New York Islanders will sneak back into the playoffs for a second consecutive season.  [follow]
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