NHL 17 Sims the Season

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As they do every year, EA Sports and NHL 17 have simmed the entire 2016-17 NHL season. Not only do they give us a Stanley Cup champion, but each individual award winner as well. Without giving too much away, NHL 17 has high expectations for a very young player, as well as the two teams involved in an earth-shaking trade this past offseason. Check out the press release below for all the results.

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NHL 17 | 2016-17 Season Simulation

EA SPORTS simulated the 2016-17 season in NHL 17! See who makes the playoffs, wins major awards and who takes home the Stanley Cup!

The puck is almost ready to drop on the latest NHL season and EA SPORTS NHL is continuing its annual tradition of simulating the upcoming season.

Will Sidney Crosby lead the scoring race? Will Auston Matthews win the Calder? Who will have the best odds to draft Nolan Patrick? Can Connor McDavid take the Oilers into the playoffs for the first time in a decade? And, most importantly, who will win the Stanley Cup?

Eastern Conference

A healthy Carey Price leads the Montreal Canadiens back to the postseason while the Tampa Bay Lightning dominate and finish atop the Eastern Conference standings. After a full-on rebuild, the Toronto Maple Leafs manage to squeak into the playoffs, leaving the Detroit Red Wings on the outside looking in. The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are the only teams from the East to not return to the playoffs.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning – 107 pts
2. Montreal Canadiens – 99 pts
3. Washington Capitals – 97 pts
4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 93 pts
5. Florida Panthers – 93 pts
6. Philadelphia Flyers – 93 pts
7. New York Islanders – 92 pts – Wild Card
8. Toronto Maple Leafs – 91 pts – Wild Card
9. New York Rangers – 89 pts
10. Detroit Red Wings – 87 pts
11. Ottawa Senators – 87 pts
12. Buffalo Sabres – 85 pts
13. Boston Bruins – 84 pts
14. Carolina Hurricanes – 81 pts
15. New Jersey Devils – 79 pts
16. Columbus Blue Jackets – 76 pts

Metropolitan Division

The Washington Capitals, while not as dominant as last season, win the Metropolitan Division thanks to a strong performance from Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin, both who finished in the top 10 in league scoring.

1. Washington Capitals – 97 pts
2. Pittsburgh Penguins – 93 pts
3. Philadelphia Flyers – 93 pts
4. New York Islanders – 92 pts
5. New York Rangers – 89 pts
6. Carolina Hurricanes – 81 pts
7. New Jersey Devils – 79 pts
8. Columbus Blue Jackets – 76 pts

Atlantic Division

Detroit’s impressive streak of 25 consecutive playoff berths comes to an end as they full just short of the playoffs. Multiple injuries to core players hampers the Boston Bruins while the Buffalo Sabres improve slightly on their last season.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning – 107 pts
2. Montreal Canadiens – 99 pts
3. Florida Panthers – 93 pts
4. Toronto Maple Leafs – 91 pts – Wild Card
5. Detroit Red Wings – 87 pts
6. Ottawa Senators – 87 pts
7. Buffalo Sabres – 85 pts
8. Boston Bruins – 84 pts

Western Conference Standings

In the wild Western Conference, the dominant Nashville Predators blue line led the team to their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. Connor McDavid carries his Edmonton Oilers into the playoffs, narrowly making it in on the final day of the season.

1. Nashville Predators – 110 pts
2. Dallas Stars – 107 pts
3. San Jose Sharks – 107 pts
4. Chicago Blackhawks – 102 pts
5. St. Louis Blues – 95 pts – Wild Card
6. Los Angeles Kings – 93 pts
7. Minnesota Wild – 87 pts – Wild Card
8. Edmonton Oilers – 85 pts
9. Calgary Flames – 84 pts
10. Arizona Coyotes – 83 pts
11. Winnipeg Jets – 82 pts
12. Anaheim Ducks – 77 pts
13. Colorado Avalanche – 74 pts
14. Vancouver Canucks – 63 pts

Central Division

The Central Division featured three of the top four teams in the NHL, and the coaching change provided the Minnesota Wild enough of an edge to make the playoffs again.

1. Nashville Predators – 110 pts
2. Dallas Stars – 107 pts
3. Chicago Blackhawks – 102 pts
4. St. Louis Blues – 95 pts
5. Minnesota Wild – 87 pts
6. Winnipeg Jets – 82 pts
7. Colorado Avalanche – 74 pts

Pacific Division

The Anaheim Ducks got off to a slow start and are the only team from the Western Conference last season to not make the playoffs this season. The Vancouver Canucks finish in last place in the NHL, landing the best odds to draft top prospect Nolan Patrick.
1. San Jose Sharks – 107 pts
2. Los Angeles Kings – 93 pts
3. Edmonton Oilers – 85 pts
4. Calgary Flames – 84 pts
5. Arizona Coyotes – 83 pts
6. Anaheim Ducks – 77 pts
7. Vancouver Canucks – 63 pts

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
STANLEY CUP FINALS:
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

After perhaps one of the biggest one-for-one deals in NHL history, the Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens find themselves against P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. The Nashville Predators continued their regular season dominance, and won the Stanley Cup Final in Game 6. Filip Forsberg took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after registering 26 points in the postseason.

Stanley Cup Winners:
Nashville Predators
End of Season Award Winners

  • Presidents’ Trophy: Nashville Predators
  • Conn Smythe Trophy: Filip Forsberg (NSH)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • Art Ross Trophy: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy: Brent Burns (SJS)
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
  • Vezina Trophy: Carey Price (MTL)
  • William M. Jennings Trophy: Martin Jones (SJS)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar (LA)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom (WAS)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy: Auston Matthews (TOR)
  • Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid (EDM)
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    NHL 17 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Josh was very happy with this game in his review.

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