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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Computer predicts Kings will win Cup

By Arash Markazi



The Los Angeles Kings are three wins away from winning their first Stanley Cup and a computerized simulation of the series says they will get there but it won’t be as easy as the previous three rounds were for L.A.

EA Sports recently conducted a computerized simulation of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final using their video game, NHL 12. The simulation used artificial intelligence based on 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.

NHL 12 correctly predicted that the Kings would win Game 1 of the series but has the Devils winning Games 2 and 3 before the Kings take three straight to close out the series in six games at Staples Center. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is the projected Conn Smythe Trophy winner, according to the simulation, after recording a shutout and not allowing more than two goals in a game against the Devils.

Here is how NHL 12 sees the rest of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final unfolding:

Game 2: Devils 2, Kings 0
GWG: Adam Henrique (NJD)

Game 3: Devils 2, Kings 1
GWG: Ilya Kovalchuk (NJD)

Game 4: Kings 2, Devils 0
GWG: Dustin Penner (LAK)

Game 5: Kings 3, Devils 2 (OT)
GWG: Dustin Brown (LAK)

Game 6: Kings 3, Devils 1
GWG: Drew Doughty (LAK)