Posted on May 30, 2012 AT 03:04pm
Two months of intense play, checks, saves, bruises, and injuries that would stop any normal athlete from playing; the NHL Stanley Cup Play-Offs has reached the final stage. Tonight the world will see the #6 seeded New Jersey Devils hoping to utilize home-ice advantage against the power surging 8th seed, Los Angeles Kings. Though the outcome and battles of this series has yet to begin, EA Sports has already revealed their virtual outcome with the help of NHL 12.
EA Sports has predicted that the Los Angeles Kings will win the 2012 Stanley Cup by defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games.
|LAK – 4||LAK – 0||LAK – 1|
|NJD – 2||NJD – 2||NJD – 2|
|GWG: A. Kopitar (LAK)||GWG: Adam Henrique SO: M. Brodeur||GWG: I. Kovalchuk (NJD)|
Game 5 – OT
|LAK – 2||LAK – 3||LAK – 3|
|NJD – 0||NJD – 2||NJD – 1|
|GWG: D. Penner (LAK) SO: J. Quick (LAK)||GWG: D. Brown (LAK)||GWG: D. Doughty (LAK)|
After going down 1-0 in the series, the New Jersey Devils, with the help of soon-to-be Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur providing the shutout in game 2, would go back to Los Angeles to steal a game on the road and take a quick 2-1 series lead. It would seem shutouts would be the turning key in the series as it helped not only New Jersey but also Los Angeles as young goaltender Jonathan Quick would continue his stellar play in the play-offs by providing a shutout of his own in game 4 to even the series at 2.
The series then shifted back to Newark, were a hard contested game by both clubs would send game 5 to overtime. While New Jersey has been on a roll in the OT department in this year’s play-offs; Kings Captain Dustin Brown would silence the crowd in New Jersey with the game winner and sending the series back to LA for a possible series clinching game.
As resilient as the Devils have been all play-off long, including coming back from a 3-2 deficient in the quarter-finals against the Florida Panthers; the Kings were too much to handle as they would finish the job in front of their home crowd at Staples Center to become the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions.
While shutting out the Devils in game 4 was the turning point of the series, the Devils never scored more than two goals against Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick which earned him the Conn Smyth Trophy (MVP of the play-offs).
Don’t start hating Devil fans because we all know that this is just a prediction. Though EA Sports has done well with its predictions in the past and did correctly predict the Blackhawks winning the Cup in 2010, the 2011 Finals match-up, and correctly predicted 13 of the 15 match-ups in the 2011 play-offs. As for how it’s doing this year? I personally don’t know, but I do know their guess of the Penguins and Canucks making the finals was just a tad bit off.
The puck drops in a few hours at “The Rock” in New Jersey. In one week we’ll see where this series is and all I have is one question for you; Kings or Devils?
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