NHL 12 News Post

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A simulation run by EA SPORTS™ NHL® 12 predicts that Sidney Crosby, despite missing almost 17 games during the regular season, will lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a second place finish in the Eastern Conference standings (100 points) and their fourth Stanley Cup® Championship. Crosby will be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Penguins take home the Stanley Cup in a decisive 4-2 series win against a resurgent Chicago Blackhawks team. The Vancouver Canucks will capture the Presidents’ Trophy in back-to-back years with 114 points during the regular season. The EA SPORTS NHL franchise has a history of successful simulation predictions, accurately selecting: the Chicago Blackhawks as the 2010 Stanley Cup® champions; the Vancouver Canucks® as the 2011 Presidents’ Trophy winner; and the 2011 Stanley Cup Final matchup of the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks.

According to the simulation, last year’s Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will be unable to claim back-to-back glory as the new-look Philadelphia Flyers will eliminate the former champions during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games. The Vancouver Canucks will lose in the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games, adding fuel to the rivalry that has gripped the two cities in recent years.

Other notable team storylines the simulation predicted for the 2011-2012 NHL season are as follows:
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs will squeak out an eighth place finish in the Eastern Conference, making the Playoffs for the first time in seven seasons
  • The Minnesota Wild will finish eighth in the Western Conference and will make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning will once again miss out on the Stanley Cup Final; eliminated by the Penguins in a seven game Eastern Conference Final
Several individual players also stood out in the NHL® 12 simulation. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will once again lead the League offensively, posting 110 points and will take home several pieces of hardware, winning the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay and the Hart Memorial trophies. NHL®12 Cover Athlete Steven Stamkos will capture the Rocket Richard Trophy with 53 goals. The Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber will capture the James Norris Memorial Trophy and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will take home the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Brayden Schenn will thrive with the Philadelphia Flyers in his rookie season and will be awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will take home his first ever Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie, leading all netminders with 41 wins and nine shutouts.

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.

EA SPORTS NHL®12 authentically captures hockey as it is played on the ice with more than 300 gameplay refinements highlighted by three key innovations: Anticipation AI, Dynamic Goalies and the Full Contact Physics Engine. Anticipation AI takes NHL® 12 to the next level as players will now intuitively determine their next move by reading and anticipating the play. With the Full Contact Physics Engine, size and strength matter. NHL®12 continues to innovate by giving you true to life collisions and control over the battles around the crease. With Dynamic Goalies, goalies are live for the first time ever. Players can make contact with goalies as they crash the crease and goalies will battle through traffic in front of the net as they fight through screens to make awe-inspiring saves.

New in EA SPORTS NHL®12 is the introduction of legends; nine former NHL greats – including Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, and Mario Lemieux – will be integrated into the game across virtually every mode, including the all-new Be A Legend Mode. Be the next great legend in the revamped Be A Pro mode. Play as your created pro and earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals as you progress towards greatness. New to the mode is the ability to simulate to your next shift with the all-new EA SPORTS Action Tracker, which tracks and presents every major event that takes place while your character is off the ice. This feature will enhance the gameplay experience as gamers will now spend less time watching from the bench and more time playing, while still being aware of the game situation as they step back onto the ice for their next shift.

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# 1 FBeaule04 @ 10/06/11 09:32 AM
If Crosby comes back, if Fleury gets back to the form he had 2 years ago, if Staal finally play like he should, if Martin and Michalek stay healthy and if Malkin is ready to get back the dominating role he had when the Pens won the cup, then yep, it's possible that the Pens win the cup this year.

The East is wide open, with no team that clearly can run away with the conference. In the West, you still have a team like the Canucks who is full of talent, the Hawks who should be very dangerous, the Ducks, Preds, Wings who have some weaknesses but have enough talent to make a run.

If I had to make a prediction for this year? Buffalo vs. Anaheim with Buffalo winning the cup and Ryan Miller as the MVP.
# 2 canucksss @ 10/06/11 11:44 AM
i predict that perhaps in the next patch EA will resolve the issues of bugs, glitches and update rosters.... oh wait..they're talking about real NHL season...hmmm... too early for me to predict.
# 3 jyoung @ 10/06/11 01:59 PM
The Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber will capture the James Norris Memorial Trophy
About time! Should have happened last year.
# 4 Section_25 @ 10/06/11 02:53 PM
Flyers are way past due to win the cup
# 5 bighurt27 @ 10/06/11 03:15 PM
It'll be the team across the ice in that video.
# 6 savoie2006 @ 10/06/11 03:33 PM
I know this is blasphemy picking a rival, but I think this is Nashville's year. Nashville over Washington in 7
# 7 EpicGingy @ 10/06/11 03:41 PM
I don't fully agree with this. Montreal has a stronger team than Toronto, especially if they stay healthy and Price plays at his best for most of the season. I think the simulation in my BEAGM has been much more accurate (except for Montreal being 1st in the East and my Jets being 5th in the East), I really don't think Pittsburgh will go any further than the Third Round, and I think this is the year for Ovie and the Caps. With the addition of a stable starting goaltender in Vokoun, and some added depth, and if Ovie does better than last year, I have no doubt they will win the cup.


Really EA, the same Stanley Cup celebration? I know this is a small thing, but they even do the same friggin celebration winning the first round, excluding all the trophies and some announcements.

They should just bring back the coding from 04 but with all these graphics ETC.
# 8 ChaseB @ 10/06/11 06:09 PM
Penguins suck. That's all I really got.
# 9 BurghFan @ 10/06/11 07:24 PM
Originally Posted by Steve_OS
I couldn't like this post hard enough So we've got SI and now EA predicting the Pens to win the Cup. Not hard to imagine if we get Crosby back soon and both he and Malkin stay healthy all year considering how well they did without either of them for a good chunk of last season.

Originally Posted by ChaseB
Penguins suck. That's all I really got.
Wait, I thought you were a Pittsburgh fan? You seem to like the Pirates at least?
# 10 blaziruku @ 10/06/11 07:33 PM
What I don't is why every time you win the cup in game, only 17 players of the 12+6+2 (20) are in the picture.
# 11 steelerfan @ 10/10/11 09:19 AM
How does one miss "almost 17 games"? By missing 16?

The article mentions the sim using hot streaks. Was this done on a PS2?

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# 12 dxdude2004 @ 10/19/11 06:44 AM
I predict my beloved Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup. I don't care who they play, or how many games it takes, but another cup win for the Blackhawks would be absolutely wonderful!
# 13 gfunkadelphia @ 10/20/11 10:33 AM
FLyers can win it

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