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The start of the 2018-2019 NHL® season is just around the corner, and the official EA SPORTS™ NHL 19 Season Simulation has determined this year's Cup winner! See if your team tastes Stanley Cup® glory, find out which players end up taking home awards, and the projections for all 31 NHL teams in each of their divisions. 

 

Let's start by taking a look at the results for the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Conference Standings

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs – 116 points
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning – 112 points
  3. Boston Bruins – 108 points
  4. Washington Capitals – 104 points
  5. Florida Panthers – 99 points – Wild Card
  6. Pittsburgh Penguins - 98 points
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets – 97 points
  8. Buffalo Sabres – 92 points – Wild Card
  9. Carolina Hurricanes – 89 points
  10. New Jersey Devils – 87 points
  11. Philadelphia Flyers – 85 points
  12. New York Islanders – 76 points
  13. New York Rangers – 73 points
  14. Montreal Canadiens – 72 points
  15. Detroit Red Wings – 63 points
  16. Ottawa Senators – 51 points

The Leafs take a big step forward and end up at the top of the conference with 116 points, in large part due to the addition of star centerman John Tavares this past off-season. Tampa, Boston, and defending Stanley Cup champions Washington remain strong contenders, while Buffalo jumps into a playoff spot thanks to their young talent. Here's how things shake out in each division:

  • Atlantic Division
    • TOR (116 points)
    • TBL (112 points)
    • BOS (108 points)
    • FLA (99 points) – Wild Card
    • BUF (92 points) – Wild Card
    • MTL (72 points)
    • DET (63 points)
    • OTT (51 points)
  • Metropolitan Division
    • WSH (104 points)
    • PIT (98 points)
    • CBJ (97 points)
    • CAR (89 points)
    • NJD (87 points)
    • PHI (85 points)
    • NYI (76 points)
    • NYR (73 points)
 

The Western Conference remains a tightly contested group, which you can see in the following results.

Western Conference Standings

  1. Vegas Golden Knights – 118 points
  2. San Jose Sharks – 115 points
  3. Winnipeg Jets – 109 points
  4. Nashville Predators – 106 points
  5. St. Louis Blues – 99 points
  6. Anaheim Ducks – 97 points
  7. Los Angeles Kings – 93 points – Wild Card
  8. Dallas Stars – 91 points – Wild Card
  9. Minnesota Wild – 90 points
  10. Colorado Avalanche – 90 points
  11. Calgary Flames – 88 points
  12. Arizona Coyotes – 88 points
  13. Edmonton Oilers – 79 points
  14. Chicago Blackhawks – 77 points
  15. Vancouver Canucks – 70 points

Vegas follows up a stunning inaugural season by winning the Presidents' Trophy with 118 points. San Jose move into the number two position, post acquiring Erik Karlsson this past off-season for their stacked blueline. Positions 8 through 12 are separated by just three points, leaving talented teams like Minnesota and Colorado outside of the playoff bubble. Here's the divisional breakdown for the Western Conference:

  • Pacific Division
    • VGK (118 points)
    • SJS (115 points)
    • ANA (97 points)
    • LAK (93 points) – Wild Card
    • CGY (88 points)
    • ARZ (88 points)
    • EDM (79 points)
    • VAN (70 points)
  • Central Division
    • WPG (109 points)
    • NSH (106 points)
    • STL (99 points)
    • DAL (91 points) – Wild Card
    • MIN (90 points)
    • COL (90 points)
    • CHI (77 points)
 

Stanley Cup Final
In the Stanley Cup Final, the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the San Jose Sharks, with a matchup that features John Tavares and Erik Karlsson competing with their new teams. After a gruelling 7-game series, the Toronto Maple Leafs win their first Stanley Cup since 1967, with John Tavares securing playoff-MVP honors. 

Stanley Cup Winners: Toronto Maple Leafs

 

End of Season Award Winners

  • Stanley Cup Champions: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Western Conference Champions: San Jose Sharks
  • Eastern Conference Champions: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Presidents’ Trophy: Vegas Golden Knights
  • Conn Smythe Trophy: John Tavares (TOR)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • Art Ross Trophy: Connor McDavid (EDM)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy: Erik Karlsson (SJS)
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Patrik Laine (WPG)
  • Vezina Trophy: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)
  • William M. Jennings Trophy: Pekka Rinne (NSH)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy: Ryan O'Reilly (STL)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Aleksander Barkov (FLA)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy: Rasmus Dahlin (BUF)
  • Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid (EDM)

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1 minute ago, PhillipBlunt said:

I can't fathom how a team as shallow on defense and as physically soft as Toronto wins the Cup. Seemingly the koolaid has been dropped into the water supply.

Yeah I agree I can't imagine the Leafs winning the cup with that defence, they have one of the best offence in the league. I think the Jets are the best chance for any Canadian team to bring the cup home.

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13 minutes ago, -AJ- said:

The also predicted the Canucks to win in 2011.

Didn't the canucks have that olympic streak. Where if a team hosts  the olympics the following year they win a cup. Happened to Montreal and Calgary but of course it stopped with vancouver

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1 minute ago, Squamfan said:

Didn't the canucks have that olympic streak. Where if a team hosts  the olympics the following year they win a cup. Happened to Montreal and Calgary but of course it stopped with vancouver

I blame Christy Clark for reigniting the Olympic Cauldron for the finals

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23 minutes ago, Shekky said:

Yeah I agree I can't imagine the Leafs winning the cup with that defence, they have one of the best offence in the league. I think the Jets are the best chance for any Canadian team to bring the cup home.

Easily the Jets are. They have everything you need in a defense. And there offense will prove to be just as good as Toronto's, especially in the playoffs, when whistles are put away.

 

If Toronto meets Winnipeg in the playoffs, they will be beaten like a red headed stepchild.

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14 minutes ago, PhillipBlunt said:

Easily the Jets are. They have everything you need in a defense. And there offense will prove to be just as good as Toronto's, especially in the playoffs, when whistles are put away.

 

If Toronto meets Winnipeg in the playoffs, they will be beaten like a red headed stepchild.

Not outside the realm of possibility for the Leafs to win but you're right, their D is still suspect.

 

I agree that Winnipeg may have the best shot at the Cup among the Canadian teams.  This is their window since Trouba and Myers are RFA and UFA respectively this summer.

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