EA Sports simulator predicts 2019-20 NHL standings

Oct 2 2019, 1:37 pm

EA’s popular season simulator has been run and the results are in.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the lone team who made the playoffs last season that are predicted to miss it in 2019-20, with the Florida Panthers taking their spot.

The Tampa Bay Lightning ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy again, with 109 points, while the Toronto Maple Leafs finished second in the overall league standings with 103 points.

The Leafs get a date with the Boston Bruins for a third straight year, though this time they have home ice advantage. Toronto is the lone Canadian team to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, as the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs by five points. The Ottawa Senators finished dead-last in the league once again, with 65 points.

The Calgary Flames made the playoffs in the West, five points behind the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights. The Winnipeg Jets also made it, with 95 points as the first Wild Card team.

The Vancouver Canucks improved, but it wasn’t good enough for them to squeak into the postseason, with 90 points – five points behind the eighth-place Dallas Stars. The Edmonton Oilers also failed to make the playoffs, with 85 points.

Here’s how the standings look for playoff-purposes:

Pacific Division

  • 1. Vegas Golden Knights (102 pts)
  • 2. Calgary Flames (97 pts)
  • 3. San Jose Sharks (96 pts)
  • WC2. Dallas Stars (95 pts)

Central Division

  • 1. Colorado Avalanche (101 pts)
  • 2. Nashville Predators (97 pts)
  • 3. St Louis Blues (96 pts)
  • WC1. Winnipeg Jets (95 pts)

Atlantic Division

  • 1. Tampa Bay Lightning (109 pts)
  • 2. Toronto Maple Leafs (103 pts)
  • 3. Boston Bruins (100 pts)
  • WC 2. New York Islanders (91 pts)

Metropolitan Division

  • 1. Washington Capitals (97 pts)
  • 2. Carolina Hurricanes (95 pts)
  • 3. Pittsburgh Penguins (93 pts)
  • WC1. Florida Panthers (94 pts)

Here are some other predictions from the popular video game company.

Rocket Richard Trophy

Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s top goal-scorer with 55, while Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid score 50+ goals for the first time in their careers.

Defencemen point leaders

Erik Karlsson regains his spot atop the leading scorers among NHL blueliners, with a career-high 85 points. Two Leafs defencemen, Morgan Rielly and Tyson Barrie, also make the top 10.

Rookie of the Year

First overall pick Jack Hughes claims the Calder Trophy with a staggering 87 points in his first season, beating out his brother Quinn from the Canucks.

Art Ross and Hart Trophies

Nathan MacKinnon claims this season’s scoring title with 119 points, enough to earn him league MVP.

And the Stanley Cup goes to…

The Boston Bruins, who defeat the Vegas Golden Knights in six games.

For a second straight year, no Canadian teams make it out of the first round.

And Brad Marchand is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

I know. Sorry, everyone. Try to enjoy the season anyway.