The Tampa Bay Lightning will ride their regular-season success all the way to the Stanley Cup, according to EA SPORTS NHL 19 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation.
The Lightning, who tied the NHL record with 62 wins and won the Presidents' Trophy, defeated the St. Louis Blues in seven games, including a 5-1 win in Game 7, to win their second Stanley Cup title in the simulation.
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs with 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists).
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Blues rookie Jordan Binnington went 15-11 and led goalies with a .929 save percentage during the postseason.
According to the simulation, the Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in seven games in the first round, the Boston Bruins in five games in the second round and the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators each in seven games before advancing to the Western Conference Final, where they topped the Vegas Golden Knights in six games.
The Calgary Flames, who had the best record in the Western Conference, were upset in the first round by the Colorado Avalanche in six games. Colorado was swept by Vegas in the second round. In the other first-round series in the West, the Predators defeated the Dallas Stars in six games and the Golden Knights took out the San Jose Sharks in five.
The Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games, the Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in five games and the New York Islanders took out the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven in the Eastern Conference First Round. Washington swept New York before falling in the conference final.
The EA SPORTS simulation last season had the Jets defeating the Bruins in the Cup Final; in reality the Jets lost to the Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final and the Bruins lost to the Lightning in the second round.
The Capitals ended up defeating the Golden Knights in five games to win the non-simulated Stanley Cup.