It's a tradition unlike any other, the EA Sports NHL 18 Stanley Cup Playoffs Simulation!
Each year, Electronic Arts gets together and simulates the entirety of the NHL playoffs all the way up to the Stanley Cup and I'm not so sure the Minnesota Wild will appreciate who they determined will be the winner.
Here's how the whole simulation played out...
WESTERN CONFERENCE– The best match-up of the entire Stanley Cup® Playoffs happened when the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets battled it out in the second round. The Jets narrowly edged the Predators in seven games and it seemed like whoever won this pivotal match-up would go on to win the Cup– The Vegas Golden Knights proved that their regular season success wasn’t just a fluke, as William ‘Wild Bill’ Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault led the team to the Western Conference Final before exiting out in Game 6 to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Winnipeg Jets.
EASTERN CONFERENCE– The Boston Bruins were led by rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy through two tightly contested series against the Toronto Maples Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. The top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak provided the majority of the offensive punch.– After many years of failing to get past the second round, the Washington Capitals managed to reach the conference final against the Bruins after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2. Alex Ovechkin was a scoring machine the entire post-season, however the Boston Bruins were able to overcome his offense and the Caps were sent home in the third round.– The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to three-peat as Stanley Cup® Champions. The Penguins struggled to produce offense all playoffs long, and eventually were overpowered by the Washington Capitals.