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Jets win Cup in EA Sports NHL 18 playoff simulation

Defeat Bruins in seven games, Laine earns Conn Smythe

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Canada's Stanley Cup drought will end this season if the EA Sports NHL 18 playoff simulation is correct.

According to the simulation, the Winnipeg Jets will be the last team standing and hoist the Stanley Cup come June, defeating the Boston Bruins in seven games. In a close series, the Jets win 4-2 in Game 7 to claim the first title in their history and become the first Canada-based team to win the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

Forward Patrik Laine wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP with 24 points (15 goals, nine assists). He and teammates Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler were four of the top postseason scorers.

The Vegas Golden Knights, making their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, advanced to the Western Conference Final after defeating the Los Angeles Kings in six games and the San Jose Sharks in seven before losing to the Jets in six.

For what it's worth, the EA simulation had the Nashville Predators defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Predators ended up losing in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the non-simulated Cup Final.

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