Kiss of Death: EA predicts Bruins as Cup champs, all is lost
EA Sports ran their annual Stanley Cup Playoffs prediction simulator, and be wary Bruins fans...the simulator picked the Black and Gold to win it all.
Looks good, but no thanks EA (via EA sports)
According to EA Sports, "The simulation is conducted by using artificial intelligence within NHL 14 that uses real-life data from each player to predict a realistic outcome of each game."
The simulator has the Bruins beating Jumbo Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks in six games, with goalie Tuukka Rask taking home the Conn Smythe award as MVP of the playoffs.
It should come as no surprise the Bruins were picked (or simulated...?) to win it all come June. They are the holders of the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the most points heading into the playoffs, and it would seem EA, as usual, has hopped on the bandwagon for the ride.
EA has a pretty crappy record when it comes to predicting the Cup champs, as is shown in their recent form of giving teams the kiss of death for the playoffs:
2008: San Jose Sharks (2nd round)
2009: Boston Bruins (2nd round)
2010: Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd round)
2011: Vancouver Canucks (Stanley Cup Final)
2012: New York Rangers (Conference Final)
2013: St. Louis Blues (1st round)
Here's to hoping the Bruins buck the trend of damning predictive virtual simulation!