The 2017-2018 NHL season has begun and as per tradition a season simulator has been run through the franchise’s newest video game, NHL 18. According to the simulation, the Tampa Bay Lighting will defeat the Edmonton Oilers in the 7th game in the series with a score of 3-2. This will be the first time the Lightning have won the cup since 2004 and second time ever in franchise history!
Some other interesting predictions from the simulator include:
- The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by captain Sidney Crosby, continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference during the regular season and take home the President’s Trophy.
- NHL 18 cover athlete Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, for the second year in a row, becomes the most decorated athlete at the NHL Awards, with back-to-back wins of three major awards – the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. McDavid joins an elite group of multi-year winners of these coveted awards, including Hockey Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky.
- Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy for an exceptional post-season performance, as well as the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as highest goal scorer.
- In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights fall short a playoff spot finishing 14th overall in the Western Conference.
NHL 18 is out now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.