On Monday night the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals get underway as the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues clash. It’ll be an exciting series featuring the two best remaining teams after several thrilling rounds of playoff action. The Bruins come into the matchup after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blues took care of business in the West Finals, winning 4-2 over the San Jose Sharks. Now thanks to an EA Sports NHL 19 Stanley Cup Finals simulation, a prediction for the winning team and MVP is here.
EA Sports NHL 19 Stanley Cup Finals simulation
The Boston Bruins are one of the “Original Six” hockey teams. Over their history, they’ve had 19 appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals. Only six of those translated to wins. It’s a bad overall record but it’s worse for the St. Louis Blues. After three appearances, they are 0-3 and have never captured a Stanley Cup championship in the team’s history.
The Bruins also have a recent title win back in 2011. The Blues haven’t been in the finals since 1970. Any guesses as to the team that beat them? Yes, it was the Boston Bruins. Now, they meet again nearly 50 years later for the Cup.
Now the two teams meet for Ahead of Game 1 of the seven-game series, EA Sports ran their NHL 19 Stanley Cup Finals simulation. The video game indicates that history will be made by the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 edition of the finals.
It will be a 4-2 series win and a Most Valuable Player award for Jaden Schwartz based on the NHL 19 Stanley Cup sim. His playoff totals are 17 goals and seven assists in 25 games, based on the graphic above.
Of course, Boston Bruins fans shouldn’t look too much into this prediction. Ahead of the NHL Playoffs, the EA Sports crew ran an entire bracket simulation. It had the Tampa Bay Lightning capturing this year’s Stanley Cup. We mentioned that it’s quite possible there is an EA Sports curse based on their inability to predict the recent champions.
How to play the series in the NHL 19 game
The NHL 19 game features include a way to play out the Stanley Cup Finals. To do so, simply navigate to the “Playoff Mode” area of the main menu. You can customize a two-team finals series featuring the St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins. From there, you can adjust the various game settings including difficulty, period length, and game style. Then, play out the series as either team or simulate it game-by-game to get a champion.
We ran our own NHL 19 Stanley Cup Finals simulation to see if it worked out differently. It worked out the opposite of what EA Sports’ simulation produced as Boston captured another title. The final outcome has the Boston Bruins winning 4-2 over the St. Lous Blues.
Brad Marchand may have won the Most Valuable Player in our simulation. He ended the series with six assists and two goals, while Patrice Bergeron had four goals and two assists. It should be interesting to see if this is the way things play out, or if the EA Sports sim comes out correctly. The great thing is how unpredictable sports are, as the simulation says it can go either way.
The two teams will go at it over the course of at least the next four games, with seven total available. Will it be the Boston Bruins or St. Louis Blues skating off with the Stanley Cup?
Get more of the latest NHL 19 game news as we await the release of NHL 20 later this year!