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Video game simulator picks Canucks

Posted By Stephen Bailey On June 1, 2011 @ 2:21 pm In General | No Comments

Later Wednesday afternoon, a list of Stanley Cup [1] finals predictions from members of the media in Boston, Vancouver and the rest of the United States and Canada will be posted. However, the most telling pick may come from a machine.

The EA Sports NHL ’11 simulation engine has correctly predicted 13 of the 14 series this postseason [2]. However, those picks were not the engine’s first. It did not pick just a Vancouver-Boston Stanley Cup finals matchup in April. In fact, it picked it before either of these teams even touched the ice for the 2010-11 campaign. This matchup was predicted all the way back in October [3].

In that simulation, the Canucks took the cup in seven games. Now, EA Sports has predicted results for each game in the series. The Bruins will win Game 3, Game 4 and Game 6 in overtime to send the series back to Vancouver for the decisive finale. Unfortunately for B’s fans, the Canucks are predicted to take Game 7 in 3-1 fashion.

Here is the full Stanley Cup finals prediction:

Game 1: Canucks 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
Game 2: Canucks 4, Bruins 2
Game 3: Bruins 1, Canucks 0
Game 4: Bruins 3, Canucks 2
Game 5: Canucks 4, Bruins 2
Game 6: Bruins 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
Game 7: Canucks 3, Bruins 1

If the simulator continues to see such dramatic success, maybe EA Sports will decide to switch from the video game industry to the gambling industry.


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[1] Stanley Cup: http://media.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm

[2] The EA Sports NHL ’11 simulation engine has correctly predicted 13 of the 14 series this postseason: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=564128

[3] This matchup was predicted all the way back in October: http://www.easports.com/blogs/inthecrease/post/slug/ea-sports-nhl-11-predicts-the-vancouver-canucks-to-end-their-stanley-cup-drought

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