Forget that Pittsburgh has repeated the Stanley Cup win for 2016 and 2017. Forget too that Tampa Bay didn't make the playoffs last year and Edmonton lost in round two. EA Sports NHL 18 predicts that the Lightning will win over the Oilers in a seven game series. They also predict the following :
- The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by captain Sidney Crosby, continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference during the regular season and take home the President’s Trophy.
- NHL® 18 cover athlete Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, for the second year in a row, becomes the most decorated athlete at the NHL Awards®, with back-to-back wins of three major awards - the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. McDavid joins an elite group of multi-year winners of these coveted awards, including Hockey Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky.
- Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy for an exceptional post-season performance, as well as the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as highest goal scorer.
- In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights fall short a playoff spot finishing 14th overall in the Western Conference.
A full list of the regular season simulated standings can be found here: https://www.easports.com/nhl/news/2017/nhl-18-season-simulation. The game was released on September 15th, so get a copy and decide for yourself which team is going to win this year.