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NHL 19

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Vancouver
Release Date: Sept. 14, 2018

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'NHL 19' (ALL) Simulation Predicts 2019 Stanley Cup Champion

by Rainier on April 10, 2019 @ 9:31 a.m. PDT

For the first time in franchise history, NHL 19 allows players to journey from the pond to the pros and play on outdoor rinks in new and returning game modes.

Players can create a character and express their look and playstyle with over 900 new customization items including, for the first time, lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey. On the ice, the cutting-edge animation technology Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech delivers explosive-edge skating with more acceleration and responsiveness that looks and feels better. NHL 19 also lets players compete with and against over 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever play the sport, including Wayne Gretzky.

In NHL 19, the sport returns to the ponds where players can compete under a unified progression hub called World of CHEL that unites EA Sports Hockey League, NHL THREES Drop In and two new modes, NHL ONES and Pro-Am. NHL ONES pits three players against each other in a 1v1v1 free-for-all with no rules and no stoppages. Players can win to rank up to new outdoor locations and defend their position as king-of-the-hill. Players can also play in any World of CHEL mode to progress their online Create-A-Character, unlock rewards, and customize their look and their playstyle.

Powering the core of NHL 19 is cutting-edge gameplay technology, RPM Tech, which redefines the way movement and animations are captured. RPM Tech enables explosive-edge skating, giving players more control, faster acceleration and more responsiveness as they move up and down the ice. RPM Tech combines with a new collision physics system that introduces more contextual body-checking, bringing bigger, badder, jaw-dropping hits that are dynamic based on speed, size and point of impact.


The race for the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup, is set to begin and EA Sports NHL 19 has run their annual playoff simulation to determine this year’s champion. According to the simulation, the Tampa Bay Lightning are set to capture the franchise’s second Stanley Cup (2004). After tying the NHL record for most wins in a single season, the Lightning square-off against the St. Louis Blues in a hard-fought seven game series, before captain Steven Stamkos becomes the first to raise the cup for the Bolts in Amalie Arena.

After running away with the Presidents' Trophy as the League's top regular season team, the Tampa Bay Lightning continued to dominate the Eastern Conference en route to their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history.

Unlike their opponent, the St. Louis Blues had to fight every inch of their way to the Stanley Cup Final. Starting the 2019 calendar year as the worst team in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues' hopes of a playoff berth seemed like a long shot until rookie netminder Jordan Binnington took over the reins in net. Thanks to Binnington's incredible performance and the team gelling together, the St. Louis Blues stormed their way back into a playoff spot with a franchise-record 11 consecutive wins. The Blues continued their dominant play in the playoffs, setting themselves up with a date in the Final against the aforementioned Lightning.

The Stanley Cup Final saw both teams continue to play at the top of their game with the teams trading wins on home ice, leading into Game 7. Lightning fans inside the Amalie Arena witnessed one of the most dominant Final clinching games in league history as Tampa Bay scored early and often on route to a 5-1 victory. This would be the second Stanley Cup win in franchise history for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who also became the first team to win the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season since the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. 

Top Stanley Cup Playoffs stories

  • Nikita Kucherov topped off an incredible season by taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after recording 13 goals and 31 points. This would put Kucherov in a position to be the fourth player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe and Hart Trophy in the same season, a milestone that was only achieved by all-time greats Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Guy Lafleur.
  • Despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final, Jordan Binnington continued his regular season dominance. Binnington went 15-11 while recording a .929 Save Percentage in the playoffs, finishing the playoffs with the best Save Percentage among all netminders in the postseason.
  • With their loss, the St. Louis Blues remain tied with the Toronto Maples Leafs for the longest Stanley Cup drought in league history,

Western Conference

  • After finishing the regular season atop of the western conference, the Calgary Flames were the first major upset of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, falling to the Colorado Avalanche in six games. The Flames could not find an answer for the Avalanches' top line of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog who combined for 31 points in the first round.
  • Home ice advantage continued to play a major role for the Vegas Golden Knights as they did not drop a game at T-Mobile Arena for the first two rounds against the San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche. If not for the spectacular play of Jordan Binnington for the Blues in round 3, the Golden Knights would have found themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals in back-to-back years.
  • Despite strong performances, Winnipeg and Nashville fell short of winning the Stanley Cup again. Both teams have rosters full of players in their prime and with another season down the drain, their window to win it all is starting to close.

Eastern Conference

  • After winning the Stanley Cup in 2017-18 the Washington Capitals fell just short of returning to the Finals for a second consecutive year after losing to the eventual champions in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Caps made quick work of both the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders in the first two rounds, but could not hold off the relentless attack of the Lightning in round 3.
  • The highly anticipated match-up between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs did not disappoint as four of the six games ended in dramatic sudden death overtime with the series winner coming off the stick of Brad Marchand.
  • Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen took a major gamble at the trade deadline acquiring pending UFAs Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, while retaining the services of Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin in hopes of moving past the first round for the first time in franchise history. The move did not pay off as the Blue Jackets fell to the Lightning in six games and will likely result in a very different looking team at the start of next season.

 

Fans can enjoy all that NHL 19 has to offer while also paying tribute to stars of the past with the addition of Legends, featuring over 200 of hockey's greatest from all eras, including Wayne Gretzky. Players can compete as Hero Teams that combine squads of superstars from the past and present for an ultimate fantasy matchup. Play with the best of the best from all eras in both single-player and multiplayer modes.

The youthful expression of today's hockey is also represented in NHL 19 where, for the first time, players can create a unique look with lifestyle gear and clothing, including hoodies, jackets, parkas, and knits frame hockey lifestyle brands and unique custom designs. New playstyle classes and player traits also let players customize the way they perform on the ice, allowing fans the freedom to create and compete as the players they've always wanted to be.

NHL 19 is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One. Be first in line to compete from the pond to the pros, unlocking the full game three days early on September 11, 2018 when you pre-order the NHL19 Legends Edition and NHL19 Ultimate Edition!


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