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NHL 16 Season Sim

Posted October 1st at 8:00am.

The puck is almost ready to drop on the latest NHL season and EA SPORTS NHL is continuing its annual tradition of simulating the upcoming season.

This year’s simulation will answer questions like: Will Connor McDavid become an elite NHL player in his rookie season? How many Canadian teams make the playoffs? Who will win the Hart Trophy? Can the Red Wings keep their historic postseason streak alive? Who will have the best odds to draft Auston Matthews? And of course, who will win the Stanley Cup?    

Keep reading to get answers to these questions and more!

Eastern Conference

After coming up short in last year’s Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning played like champs in the regular season and finished atop the Eastern Conference standings. After an injury-plagued season in 2014-15, the Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded to make the postseason, leaving the Ottawa Senators as the only team from the East not to return to the playoffs.   

Conference Standings

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning – 101 pts
  2. New York Rangers – 100 pts
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 99 pts
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 97 pts
  5. Montreal Canadiens  96 pts
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets – 93 pts
  7. Washington Capitals – 92 pts – Wild Card
  8. New York Islanders – 91 pts – Wild Card
  9. Ottawa Senators – 91 pts
  10. Boston Bruins – 90 pts
  11. Buffalo Sabres – 89 pts
  12. Florida Panthers – 85 pts
  13. Toronto Maple Leafs –  83 pts
  14. Philadelphia Flyers –  81 pts
  15. Carolina Hurricanes – 81 pts
  16. New Jersey Devils –  77 pts

Metropolitan Division

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel both finished top 10 in league scoring as the pair led the Pittsburgh Penguins to another playoff appearance.

  1. New York Rangers – 100 pts
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins – 97 pts
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets – 93 pts
  4. Washington Capitals – 92 pts
  5. New York Islanders – 91 pts
  6. Philadelphia Flyers –  81 pts
  7. Carolina Hurricanes – 81 pts
  8. New Jersey Devils – 77 pts

Atlantic Division

The Detroit Red Wings earned a trip to the playoffs for the 25th straight season. The Buffalo Sabres made big strides with their new look roster and fell only two points shy of the playoffs.

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning – 101 pts
  2. Detroit Red Wings – 99 pts
  3. Montreal Canadiens – 96 pts
  4. Ottawa Senators – 91 pts
  5. Boston Bruins – 90 pts
  6. Buffalo Sabres – 89 pts
  7. Florida Panthers – 85 pts
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs – 83 pts

Western Conference

With 112 points, the Anaheim Ducks won their first Presidents’ trophy in franchise history, guaranteeing home-ice advantage throughout the NHL Playoffs.

Conference Standings

  1. Anaheim Ducks – 112 pts
  2. Nashville Predators – 108 pts
  3. Chicago Blackhawks – 100 pts
  4. Los Angeles Kings – 100 pts
  5. Colorado Avalanche – 99 pts
  6. Minnesota Wild – 93 pts – Wild Card
  7. St. Louis Blues – 88 pts  – Wild Card
  8. Calgary Flames – 87 pts
  9. Winnipeg Jets  – 85 pts
  10. Edmonton Oilers – 83 pts
  11. Vancouver Canucks – 81 pts
  12. Dallas Stars – 80 pts
  13. San Jose Sharks – 77 pts
  14. Arizona Coyotes – 70 pts

Pacific Division

After a disappointing season, the Los Angeles Kings returned to the playoffs looking for their third Stanley Cup championship in five years.

  1. Anaheim Ducks – 112 pts
  2. Los Angeles Kings – 100 pts
  3. Calgary Flames – 87 pts
  4. Edmonton Oilers – 83 pts
  5. Vancouver Canucks – 81 pts  
  6. San Jose Sharks – 77 pts
  7. Arizona Coyotes – 70 pts
Central Division
 
The Nashville Predators captured their first Division title in franchise history by winning the Central. The Colorado Avalanche, meanwhile, showed sharp improvement and earned a berth in the playoffs.
  1. Nashville Predators – 108 pts
  2. Chicago Blackhawks – 100 pts
  3. Colorado Avalanche – 99 pts
  4. Minnesota Wild – 93 pts
  5. St. Louis Blues – 88 pts
  6. Winnipeg Jets – 85 pts
  7. Dallas Stars – 80 pts

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Stanley Cup Final:

Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks

Canadian hockey fans will have to wait at least another year for the Stanley Cup to return north of the border, as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Corey Perry led the way for the Ducks with 23 points during the postseason and took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Stanley Cup Winners:

Anaheim Ducks

End of Season Award Winners

  • Presidents’ Trophy: Anaheim Ducks
  • Conn Smythe Trophy: Corey Perry (ANA)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
  • Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy: Shea Weber (NSH)
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
  • Vezina Trophy: Carey Price (MTL)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar (LA)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Anze Kopitar (LA)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby (PIT)

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