The New York Rangers will win Lord Stanley's Cup this year, according to the simulation of the 2013 NHL playoffs that publisher Electronic Arts conducted in the engine for its NHL series, the company announced today.
As the sixth-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers played the role of underdog in each of its playoff series. It took them seven games to get past the Washington Capitals (no. 3 seed) in the first round, and another seven to best the top-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference semifinals. But they swept a fellow Original Six team, the Montreal Canadiens (no. 2 seed), to get to the Stanley Cup Finals.
There they faced the Chicago Blackhawks, which was the league's best team in the regular season and had steamrolled the competition in the Western Conference, winning each playoff series in five games. But the Broadway Blueshirts defeated the Blackhawks four games to two, with Brad Richards tallying 24 points in 24 games to take the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. It would be the fifth Stanley Cup in the Rangers' long and storied history, and their first since the 1993-94 season.
The real-life Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tomorrow night, April 30.