Why even bother playing the Stanley Cup Final? This one's already over.
The virtual Nashville Predators have already won the 2017 Stanley Cup, according to simulations done by EA Sports on the popular "NHL '17" video game.
Amazingly, gaming company Electronic Arts ran a full-season simulation at the start of the NHL season, which had the Predators hoisting the Cup. And now, the team is four wins away from making 'NHL '17' look even more realistic.
The path was quite different, however. The game simulation had the Predators winning the Presidents' Trophy and beating P.K. Subban's former team, the Montreal Canadiens, in the Stanley Cup Final.
EA also ran a simulated playoffs after all the teams were locked in and that result also showed the Predators winning it all from the 8th spot in the Western Conference.
That's probably not a good enough reason for Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins to stay home, however. It's likely they will still play the actual series.