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Final 16 set for EA Sports NHL 13 cover vote

by Adam Kimelman / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Sweet 16 has been set in the contest to pick the player who will be on the cover of EA Sports' NHL 13 video game.

With more than 13 million fan votes cast at, the field has been cut to the final 16 players, with the first half of the bracket open for voting starting April 25, and running to May 2.

The most interesting matchup in Bracket A is Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins facing Rocket Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos of the Lightning. The other matchups feature the Flyers' Claude Giroux against the Canadiens' P.K. Subban; the Flyers' Scott Hartnell against the Bruins' Tyler Seguin; and the Kings' Anze Kopitar against the Blues' David Perron.

The most interesting matchup in Bracket B is between a pair of Swedish stars, the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and the Senators' Erik Karlsson. Other matchups include the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk against the Blues' T.J. Oshie; the Predators' Pekka Rinne against the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp; and the Oilers' Jordan Eberle against the Islanders' John Tavares.

Voting for Bracket B runs May 3-10.

The winners of each Round of 16 matchup advance to the quarterfinals, with voting on that round starting May 11.

The winner of the cover vote campaign will be announced on June 20 at the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas.

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