April 27, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ today announced the NHL®12 predictions for the second round matchups of the 2012 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. In the past, the EA SPORTS NHL® simulation engine has correctly predicted the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks as Stanley Cup Champions, the 2011 Stanley Cup Final matchup and the result of 13 of the 15 playoff matchups during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year, in an upset-filled first round, NHL®12 accurately predicted the winner of four of the eight matchups, including last night’s upset win of the New Jersey Devils over the Florida Panthers in exactly seven games.
EA SPORTS NHL®12 Conference Semifinals Predictions:
(8) Kings defeat (2) Blues; 4-3
(1) Rangers defeat (7) Capitals; 4-3
(4) Predators defeat (3) Coyotes; 4-2
(5) Flyers defeat (6) Devils; 4-1
The NHL 12 computerized simulation is conducted using artificial intelligence that uses real-life data from each team, such as player ratings and line combinations, and includes variances such as injuries and hot streaks to predict a realistic outcome of each game and series. Predictions for subsequent rounds will be released as matchups are determined.
EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote Campaign:
Fans around the world also have the opportunity to shape the face of the EA SPORTS™ NHL® franchise, by participating in the first ever EA SPORTS NHL® Cover Vote – sponsored by BlackBerry® campaign and hosted on NHL.com. With more than 14 million votes already cast and 16 athletes remaining, fans can visit http://www.nhl.com/covervote to vote for their favorite player as they compete in head-to-head matchups for a spot in the quarterfinals. The official hashtag for the EASPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Vote campaign is #NHL13Cover on Twitter. The winning player will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas in LTo download assets, including b-roll, please visit the EA press site at http://info.ea.com/.as Vegas.
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