According to EA Sports NHL ’14, the Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs this season. If you’re looking for any bit of optimism surrounding this team and their playoff chances, this may be it. Then again, it’s merely a simulated video game which doesn’t hold a lot of merit for anything other than entertainment. But for that very reason it is worth looking at how things broke down.
Sportsnet.ca has the article and in it, EA Sports had the Oilers finishing eighth in the Western Conference. Not bad for a team that hasn’t seen the postseason in seven years. I’m sure if you were to poll Oilers’ fans and ask them if they’d be happy with the eight seed in the west, they’d take it and run.
Other Canadian clubs to make the playoffs included the Vancouver Canucks who finished 4th in the West, Montreal who finished 6th in the East and the Toronto Maple Leafs who came in 7th.
The Calgary Flames finished 14th in the Western Conference, so maybe this year’s version of the simulated season actually has some promising results to it.
But getting to the postseason and actually doing something in it are two entirely different scenarios. The NHL ’14 simulated season saw the Oilers up against the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and needless to say, Edmonton’s playoff run failed to get off the ground. Chicago made quick work of the Oilers, disposing of them in four straight games.
There has been a lot of chatter surrounding the Oilers as they embark on another season that starts next Tuesday. Have they done enough to challenge for a playoff spot? Or is this another year of misery, failing to make the quest for Lord Stanley for what would be the eighth year in a row.
Some fans feel that Edmonton could sneak in as the eighth seed, while many feel that a competitive team that will come up just short is the likeliest of scenarios.
The results of the simulated video game could be considered accurate as both Chicago and Edmonton could meet in the first round. Of course a lot of that hinges on the Oilers as the Hawks will most certainly compete for the top seed in the west once again.
It’s interesting to note that in the NHL ’14 simulated season, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to claim their first Stanley Cup Championship. Now is it more believable or does this make it even more of a stretch?
Will the Oilers make the playoffs and follow the actions of the EA Sports season? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think of the simulated season.