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Earlier this week, we told you about a survey that found the majority of Canadians believe a team from their fair nation will capture the Stanley Cup before 2013. According to the official EA Sports NHL 11 simulation, it's going to happen by 2011.

EA's simulator has pumped out results for the 2010-11 NHL season, and is predicting a Stanley Cup Finals victory for the Vancouver Canucks over the Boston Bruins, 4-3, giving them their first title since they were the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915. (And a million back in 1915 is, what, like a gajillion in 2010, no?)

Daniel Sedin(notes) is your virtual Conn Smythe winner. Sidney Crosby(notes) wins the virtual Hart and Art Ross, while Drew Doughty(notes) (Norris) and Ryan Miller(notes) (Vezina) grabbed their own digital trinkets.

Via EA Sports' In The Crease blog, here's how the playoffs will play out, if their WarGames WOPR supercomputer is to be believed. (And honestly, it lost our trust when it cheated at Tic-Tac-Toe.)

Western Conference Quarter Finals
Vancouver Canucks def Calgary Flames 4-1
San Jose Sharks def Phoenix Coyotes 4-3
St. Louis Blues def Detroit Red Wings 4-2 (upset)
Los Angeles Kings def Chicago Blackhawks 4-3
Western Conference Semi Finals
Vancouver Canucks def St. Louis Blues 4-3
L.A. Kings def San Jose Sharks 4-2
Western Conference Final
Vancouver Canucks def L.A. Kings 4-2

Eastern Conference Quarter Finals
Washington Capitals def Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins def Carolina Hurricanes 4-2
Boston Bruins def Philadelphia Flyers 4-3
Buffalo Sabres def New Jersey Devils 4-0

Eastern Conference Semi Finals
Washington Capitals def Buffalo Sabres 4-2
Boston Bruins def Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2

Eastern Conference Final
Boston Bruins def Washington Capitals 4-3

How accurate is this simulation? Well, it predicted the Bruins would defeat the Blackhawks in 2009. Which was wrong both in results and in participants. It predicted the Penguins would defeat the Blackhawks in the 2010 finals. Which was wrong in result, but at least got one team right; and hey, if at first you don't succeed, run the simulation again before the postseason so you can boast EA has "the game that predicted last spring's Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory."


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