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NHL 12

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Release Date: Sept. 13, 2011 (US), Sept. 9, 2011 (EU)

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'NHL 12' (ALL) Predicts 2012 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals

by Rainier on April 10, 2012 @ 3:36 p.m. PDT

NHL 12 is the latest installment on the hockey franchise, where you can play your way to super stardom in the revamped Be a Pro mode and experience the authentic action and energy of real life hockey with the Full Contact Physics Engine.

The NHL 12 simulation engine correctly predicted the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks as Stanley Cup Champions, the 2011 Stanley Cup Final matchup and the result of 13 of the 15 playoff matchups during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

EA SPORTS NHL 12 Conference Quarterfinals Predictions:

Western Conference

Eastern Conference

(1) Canucks defeat (8) Kings; 4-2

(1) Rangers defeat (8) Senators; 4-1

(2) Blues defeat (7) Sharks; 4-2

(2) Bruins defeat (7) Capitals; 4-0

(6) Blackhawks defeat (3) Coyotes; 4-1

(6) Devils defeat (3) Panthers; 4-3

(4) Predators defeat (5) Red Wings; 4-3

(4) Penguins defeat (5) Flyers; 4-3

The NHL 12 computerized simulation is conducted using artificial intelligence that uses real-life data from each team, such as player ratings and line combinations, and includes variances such as injuries and hot streaks to predict a realistic outcome of each game and series. Predictions for subsequent rounds will be released as matchups are determined.

EA SPORTS NHL 12 Conference Quarterfinals Statistics Predictions

 Offensive Leaders

Player

Goals

Assists

Points

Evgeni Malkin

6

3

9

Sidney Crosby

2

6

8

Claude Giroux

3

5

8

Henrik Sedin

1

6

7

Jonathan Toews

3

4

7

 Goaltending Leaders (ranked by SV%)

Player

Wins

GAA

SV%

Shutouts

Henrik Lundqvist

4

1.40

0.953

1

Jaroslav Halak

3

1.60

0.944

2

Pekka Rinne

4

2.28

0.928

0

Roberto Luongo

4

1.73

0.927

1

Tim Thomas

4

2.25

0.916

0

In the revamped Be a Pro mode, experience the pursuit of greatness and legendary moments in your playing career, shatter historic records and cement yourself in NHL history. Additionally, the better you play, the more ice time you'll get where you can simulate to your next shift with the EA SPORTS Action Tracker so you're always on the ice as you play out your entire career in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

The NHL 12 Full Contact Physics Engine puts you in the rink with everything now live on the ice, from players to the environment - everything is interactive and in play. Experience the skill and aggression of hockey from shattered glass to flying helmets to knocking players over the boards and into the bench; crash the crease too hard and you'll knock the net off and send the goalie flying. Size and physicality will be emphasized as bigger players will be able to throw their weight around as they screen the goalie and battle in front of the net.

This year marks the first time players will face dynamic goalies in the game. Players can knock the net off and make contact with goalies, knocking them down or out of position, as they crash the crease. Watch as goalies battle through screens to make awe-inspiring saves. Additionally, we're reigniting the beloved fighting engine that first appeared in NHL 10 with all-new goalie battles. When the action gets heated, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with rivals during fights.

All new gameplay presentation creates an authentic, fresh new look and feel throughout NHL 12 with presentation graphics that mimic real life hockey broadcasts. For the first time ever lace up outdoors under the lights in one of the biggest hockey events of the season, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, within seconds of putting in the disc. Inspired by the NHL GameCenter Ice Tracker, the all-new EA SPORTS Action Tracker presents game highlights and key moments so you never miss a beat.

This is just a sneak peek of what's to come in EA SPORTS NHL 12. Stay tuned in the coming months for more news on the franchise as well as the EA SPORTS Hockey League and Hockey Ultimate Team.


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