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NHL 14

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2013 (US), Sept. 13, 2013 (EU)

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'NHL 14' (ALL) Predicts 2014 Stanley Cup Champions... Again

by Rainier on April 15, 2014 @ 8:24 a.m. PDT

NHL 14 is the latest installment in the hockey franchise adding a slew of new features to the game to enhance the realism and grit.

Deliver game-changing hits with NHL Collision Physics, built from EA Sports FIFA’s Player Impact Engine. Drop the gloves with the all-new Enforcer Engine, powered by the same technology used in the critically acclaimed Fight Night franchise. Experience a new level of speed and control with the second season of the critically-acclaimed True Performance Skating engine, and dangle defenders with all-new One-Touch Dekes. In addition, fans can Live the Lifeof an NHL player in an all-new incarnation of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now featuring on and off-ice elements.

At the start of the 2013-2014 hockey season EA already predicted the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion. Unfortunately the pegged champion did not qualify for the Stanley Cup final (beaten by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the Western Conference), so Electronic Arts decided to run the simulation again.

The NHL 14 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation predicts that the Boston Bruins will return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year and prevail as Stanley Cup Champions after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games. This will mark the first Stanley Cup win for veteran Jarome Iginla, whose last appearance in the Stanley Cup Final was a decade ago with the Calgary Flames. Tuukka Rask, finishing the Playoffs with an outstanding 1.56 GAA, .948 SV% and four shutouts, will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Other notable storylines include:

  • In the first round, goalies Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will lead their teams to 4-0 game sweeps.
  • In the second round, the Chicago Blackhawks’ dreams of a Stanley Cup Championship repeat will come to an end with a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the young and talented Colorado Avalanche.
  • In the Eastern Conference Final, the Bruins and Rangers will once again go head-to-head. The series will go seven games, where Patrice Bergeron will once again be clutch for the Bruins, scoring five minutes into OT.

A simulation is conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of the videogame that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated by the videogame when two teams match up based on player ratings, line combinations, and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.


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