This year, the St. Louis Blues are being anointed by a simulation as the potential winners of the 2014 Stanley Cup.
The Buffalo Sabres on the other hand – are barely relevant in the simulation.
Predicted to get just 77 points, the Buffalo Sabres will rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, only leading the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes in the standings. Within the Atlantic Division, the Boston Bruins will raise the divisional banner, while the Buffalo Sabres sit in seventh place.
If you are truly buying into the youth movement and the rebuild, that might just be where you have the Buffalo Sabres finishing in a realistic and actually played out NHL season. If that holds true, the Buffalo Sabres can expect to be selecting around the 6th overall spot in the 2014 draft, with the Winnipeg Jets, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes all jockeying for the lottery as well.
Who makes the playoffs? Here is a brief run down of the end of season results courtesy of an NHL 14 simulation.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins – 106 points
2. Boston Bruins – 104 points
3. Detroit Red Wings – 102 points
4. New York Rangers – 101 Points
5. Washington Capitals – 100 points
6. Montreal Canadiens – 91 points
7. Toronto Maple Leafs – 89 points
8. New York Islanders – 89 points.
1. Chicago Blackhawks – 108 points
2. LA Kings – 100 points
3. St. Louis Blues – 99 points
4. Vancouver Canucks – 93 points
5. San Jose Sharks – 90 points
6. Minnesota Wild – 90 points
7. Dallas Stars – 89 points
8. Edmonton Oilers – 89 points.
The Pittsburgh Penguins make it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, defeating the Boston Bruins (only if they can figure out how to score against the Bruins) – but fall to the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. You can see the full gauntlet of results from the simulation on the EA Sports website.