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EA Tabs Pens to win it all, Kings in Playoffs

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
EA Sports has big has high hopes for the Kings in 2009-10.

A simulation run by EA SPORTS™ NHL® 10 predicts that cover boy Patrick Kane will fall just short of claiming the Stanley Cup as the Pittsburgh Penguins repeat as Cup champions. Led by an outstanding performance by Conn Smythe Winner, Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins were able to withstand a relentless offensive assault by the young Chicago forwards. Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sidney Crosby and the Penguins take home the Stanley Cup for the second time in as many years with a 4 games to 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Kings ended their playoff drought securing the No. 5 seed in the powerful Western Conference with a 46-30-6 mark for 98 points. LA would then be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1.

Despite being considered one of the top teams in the league, the Detroit Red Wings barely made the playoffs, and were eliminated in a quick five games by the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago established that they are a team to watch by finishing first in the West on their road to the Stanley Cup Finals. Other notable teams in the simulation included the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished with the most points in the league and walked away with the President’s Trophy; the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, who were the only Canadian teams to make the playoffs; and the Florida Panthers, who made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Several individual players also stood out in the NHL 10 simulation. The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby completes an injury-free season and captures the Hart Memorial trophy after posting 102 points during the regular season. The Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane has a breakout season and is one of the top ten point getters in the NHL. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf takes the Art Ross trophy after leading the league with 107 points, while Ilya Kovalchuk walked away with the Maurice Richard trophy after leading the league with 57 goals, and NHL 09 cover boy, Dion Phaneuf caps a stellar year by leading the Calgary Flames to a NorthWest Division Championship and winning the Norris Trophy.

A simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame 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. Find attached, an excel document showcasing full season standings and statistics, including point leaders, award winners, and playoff bracket for this simulation. Should you require anything further or have any questions regarding the game, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Assets for NHL 10 are available on our press website at www.info.ea.com.

PLAYOFF TREE
WEST
CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS
Chicago (1) 4 San Jose (2) 4 Calgary (3) 4 Columbus (4) 4
Detroit (8) 1 Anaheim (4) 2 Vancouver (6) 2 Los Angeles (5) 1
CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS
Chicago (1) 4 San Jose (2) 3
Columbus (4) 2 Calgary (3) 4
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Chicago (1) 4
Calgary 2
EAST
CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS
Carolina (1) 4 Boston (2) 2 Pittsburgh (3) 4 New Jersey (4) 4
Florida (8) 1 Philadelphia (7) 4 New York Rangers (6) 1 Washington (5) 3
CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS
Carolina (1) 4 Pittsburgh (3) 4
Philadelphia (7) 2 New Jersey (4) 2
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Pittsburgh (3) 4
Carolina (1) 1
STANLEY CUP FINALS
Pittsburgh (3) 4
Chicago (1) 2
AWARDS
Stanley Cup
President's Trophy
Clarence S Campbell Bowl
Prince of Wales Trophy
Art Ross Trophy
Hart Memorial Trophy
James Norris Memorial Trophy
Lady Bing Trophy
Calder Memorial Trophy
Conn Smythe Trophy
Vezina Trophy
William M. Jennings Trophy
Frank J. Selke Trophy
Lester B. Pearson Award
Maurice Richard Trophy
WINNERS
Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf - Ana
Sidney Crosby - PIT
Dion Phaneuf -CAL
Patrick Kane - CHI
Semyon Varlamov - WASH
Marc-Andre Fleury - PIT
Cam Ward - CAR
Cam Ward - CAR
Pavel Datsyuk - DET
Eric Staal - CAR
Ilya Kovalchuk - ATL

Final Regular Season Standings:
Western Conference W L OTL PTS
1 Chicago 54 26 2 110
2 San Jose 49 26 7 105
3 Calgary 47 30 5 99
4 Columbus 48 27 7 103
5 Los Angeles 46 30 6 98
6 Vancouver 43 29 10 96
7 Anaheim 43 30 9 95
8 Detroit 39 34 9 87
9 Nashville 39 35 8 86
10 St Louis 39 39 4 82
11 Phoenix 37 40 5 79
12 Edmonton 34 39 9 77
13 Minnesota 31 36 15 77
14 Dallas 33 43 6 72
15 Colorado 27 44 11 65
Eastern Conference W L OTL PTS
1 Carolina 54 23 5 113
2 Boston 49 25 8 106
3 Pittsburgh 47 28 7 101
4 New Jersey 46 29 7 99
5 Washington 47 31 6 98
6 New Rangers 45 31 6 96
7 Philadelphia 42 32 8 92
8 Florida 40 33 9 89
9 Tampa Bay 40 38 4 84
10 Montreal 37 36 9 83
11 Ottawa 39 39 4 82
12 Toronto 36 37 9 81
13 Buffalo 34 37 11 79
14 Atlanta 34 42 6 74
15 New York Islanders 31 41 10 72

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