01:17 PM - April 29, 2013 by MMChrisS
The official EA Sports NHL Playoff Prediction is in, and it has the New York Rangers beating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals for their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
The simulation had Rangers forward Brad Richards winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, which would be the second of his career. Richards had 24 points in the playoffs to lead all players in the simulation.
The Blackhawks won each series in the west in five games, amassing a 12-3 playoff record before falling to New York. The Western Conference also saw two major upsets with the Red Wings beating the Ducks and the Kings beating the Blues to open things up. The Maple Leafs were eliminated in the first round, but they did take the Bruins to seven games. The Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Penguins and the Rangers was a classic, going the full seven games.
For more information on the simulation, be sure to visit the official EA Sports NHL site.