The Pittsburgh Penguins will repeat as NHL Stanley Cup champions, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games, according to an EA sports video game simulation.
The simulation, performed with NHL 10, has Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best player in the post-season.
The video game also predicts the Carolina Hurricanes will win the President’s Trophy, leading the league with 113 points, three more than Chicago in the Western Conference. The Calgary Flames – who will win the Northwest Division with 99 points – and the Vancouver Canucks are the only Canadian teams to make the playoffs.
The Canucks finish sixth in the Western conference with 96 points while Edmonton is 12th with 77 points.
In the East, Boston is second behind Carolina with 106 points while Pittsburgh is third with 101. The Montreal Canadiens finish 10th with 83 points, Ottawa will be 11th with 82 points, one point more than Ontario rival Toronto, who will finish 12th.
The simulation also says Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby will have an injury-free season and capture the Hart Trophy as the league MVP with 102 points. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf will win the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer with 107 points, while Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk will win the Maurice Richard trophy with 57 goals.
Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf will take the Norris Trophy as top defenceman.
The simulation is conducted by using data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the video game when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks.