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05/30/2011

EA Sports predicts Vancouver will win Stanley Cup

Canucksceleb2 The EA Sports NHL ’11 Simulation Engine is predicting that the Vancouver Canucks will win the 2011 Stanley Cup Final – and given the game's record, Boston fans may want to be a little worried.

The technology behind the video game is picking the Canucks to win the series and hoist the cup at the end of the series. But it won’t be easy.

EA Sports says it will be a Canucks win after the seventh game, due to an overtime Bruins win in Game 6.

But Boston will lose the final game in Vancouver, when the Canucks are predicted to win 3-1.

Electronic Arts’ prognostication application has been nearly as reliable as Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted all eight of his World Cup forecasts last summer. 

To add further support to the latest prediction, NHL ’11 first picked the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins way back when the season was first getting started in October of 2010.

And the season before? You guessed it, the EA Sports game called a Chicago Blackhawks win.

Here’s the game-by-game prediction:

  • Game 1: Boston 1 @ Vancouver 2 [OT]
  • Game 2: Boston 2 @ Vancouver 4
  • Game 3: Vancouver 0 @ Boston 1
  • Game 4: Vancouver 2 @ Boston 3
  • Game 5: Boston 2 @ Vancouver 4
  • Game 6: Vancouver 2 @ Boston 3 [OT]
  • Game 7: Boston 1@ Vancouver 3

So, is it time to start planning the parade route? Do you think the video game’s predictions will come true? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Photo: EA Sports

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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