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Well, this is the end. This week, we took a look at the top 50-rated players in the upcoming NHL 14 for XBOX 360 and PS3. As we get set for release date (September 10), EA Sports did us a solid and provided us with an exclusive look at the top rated players in this year’s game. Each day this week at 1:00pm, we be released 10 names, starting from 50, and today we wind down to the top spots. It’s been fun. Here we go:

10. Jonathan Quick (LAK) – OVR 91

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9. Ryan Suter (MIN) – OVR 92

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8. Shea Weber (NSH) – OVR 92

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7. Jonathan Toews (CHI) – OVR 92

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6. Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – OVR 92

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5. Steven Stamkos (TBL) – OVR 92

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4. Zdeno Chara (BOS) – OVR 94

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3. Alex Ovechkin (WSH) – OVR 94

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2. Pavel Datsyuk (DET) – OVR 95

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1. Sidney Crosby (PIT) – OVR 95

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Check out the previous rankings: Numbers 20-11Numbers 30-21 | Numbers 40-31 | Numbers 50-41

And while you’re at it, download the demo for NHL 14 on XBOX 360 and PS3. Here’s the trailer:

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This week, we take a look at the top 50-rated players in the upcoming NHL 14 for XBOX 360 and PS3. As we get set for release date (September 10), EA Sports did us a solid and provided us with an exclusive look at the top rated players in this year’s game. Each day this week at 1:00pm, we’ll be releasing 10 names, starting from 50, and winding down to the top spot on Friday. Today we look at 20-11:

20. John Tavares (NYI) – OVR 89

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19. Joe Thornton (SJS) – OVR 90

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18. Marian Gaborik (CBJ) – OVR 90

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17. Rick Nash (NYR) – OVR 90

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16. Carey Price (MTL) – OVR 90

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15. Alex Pietrangelo (STL) – OVR 90

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14. Henrik Zetterberg (DET) – OVR 90

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13. Claude Giroux (PHI) – OVR 90

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12. Duncan Keith (CHI) – OVR 90

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11. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) – OVR 91

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Check out the previous rankings: Numbers 30-21 | Numbers 40-31 | Numbers 50-41

And while you’re at it, download the demo for NHL 14 on XBOX 360 and PS3. Here’s the trailer:

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This week, we take a look at the top 50-rated players in the upcoming NHL 14 for XBOX 360 and PS3. As we get set for release date (September 10), EA Sports did us a solid and provided us with an exclusive look at the top rated players in this year’s game. Each day this week at 1:00pm, we’ll be releasing 10 names, starting from 50, and winding down to the top spot on Friday. Today we look at 30-21:

30. Pekka Rinne (NSH) – OVR 89

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29. Kris Letang (PIT) – OVR 89

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28. Henrik Sedin (VAN) – OVR 89

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27. Daniel Sedin (VAN) – OVR 89

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26. Corey Perry (ANA) – OVR 89

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25. Logan Couture (SJS) – OVR 89

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24. Marian Hossa (CHI) – OVR 89

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23. Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – OVR 89

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22. Zach Parise (MIN) – OVR 89

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21. Anze Kopitar (LAK) – OVR 89

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Check back tomorrow, as we reveal players 20-11.

In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s numbers 40-31 and Monday’s numbers 50-41.

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This week, we take a look at the top 50-rated players in the upcoming NHL 14 for XBOX 360 and PS3. As we get set for release date (September 10), EA Sports did us a solid and provided us with an exclusive look at the top rated players in this year’s game. Each day this week at 1:00pm, we’ll be releasing 10 names, starting from 50, and winding down to the top spot on Friday. Today we look at 40-31:

40. Jason Spezza (OTT) – OVR 88

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39. James Neal (PIT) – OVR 88

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38. P.K. Subban (MTL) – OVR 88

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37. Taylor Hall (EDM) – OVR 88

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36. Phil Kessel (TOR) – OVR 88

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35. Patrick Kane (CHI) – OVR 88

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34. Erik Karlsson (OTT) – OVR 88

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33. Brent Burns (SJS) – OVR 89

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32. Niklas Kronwall (DET) – OVR 89

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31. Brent Seabrook (CHI) – OVR 89

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ICYMI, check out yesterdays players, numbers 50-41.

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This week, we take a look at the top 50-rated players in the upcoming NHL 14 for XBOX 360 and PS3. As we get set for release date (September 10), EA Sports did us a solid and provided us with an exclusive look at the top rated players in this year’s game. Each day this week at 1:00pm, we’ll be releasing 10 names, starting from 50, and winding down to the top spot on Friday. Here we go:

50. Dan Girardi (NYR) – OVR 88

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49. Jakub Voracek (PHI) – OVR 88

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48. Max Pacioretty (MTL) – OVR 88

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47. Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – OVR 88

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46. Drew Doughty (LAK) – OVR 88

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45. Patrick Sharp (CHI) – OVR 88

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44. Jamie Benn (DAL) – OVR 88

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43. Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) – OVR 88

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42. Jeff Carter (LAK) – OVR 88

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41. Eric Staal (CAR) – OVR 88

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Check back tomorrow at 1:00pm as we look through 40-31 of NHL 14’s top rated players. And while you’re at it, be sure to download the NHL 14 demo for your XBOX and PS3:

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The NHL 14 demo releases today. As of 6:30AM ET this morning, it’s only available for XBOX Live Gold members. PS3 users will probably be able to access it later today. Here’s the link to queue up the download for XBOX users.

And some more info from EA Sports regarding features included in the demo:

  • Play Now: Powered by a generation of EA SPORTS innovation, NHL 14 is hockey at its best. In the NHL 14 demo, players jump into the third period of a game and play as either the Boston Bruins or the Chicago Blackhawks to experience the speed, skill and aggression of the two teams from the 2013 Stanley Cup® Finals.
  • NHL 94 Anniversary Mode: EA SPORTS celebrates the most iconic entry in the NHL franchise with the inclusion of NHL 94 Anniversary Mode. In the NHL 14 demo, players will have a chance to experience a heated third period between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL 94 Anniversary Mode. Featuring big goals and even bigger hits, the mode offers nods to its hockey video gaming roots through classic button controls, a retro presentation style including blue ice, classic star-shaped player indicators, organ music and much more.
  • Hockey Ultimate Team Tournament: Build, manage and compete in Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) to create a fantasy team without boundaries. HUT in NHL 14 introduces all new features including online seasons and an auction assistant. In the NHL 14 demo, take part in a mini tournament against the Halifax Mooseheads, Grand Rapids Griffins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. When players complete their first HUT game in the demo, they will receive one free pack (equivalent value to Silver Pack). When players win the tournament, they will receive an additional free pack (equivalent value to Silver Pack). All free packs are for use in the retail version of NHL 14 only.

 

As we get set for the upcoming NHL 14, the EA Sports team put out another developer blog, this time focusing on goalies and incidental contact with their new Collision Physics engine. Here’s the video of the improvements:

And some more promo copy from EA Sports that you may be interested in.

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Improved Goalie Collisions

  • Goalie Reactions to Contact: Goalies will be live in all areas of the ice and their reactions to contact  are much more realistic, utilizing the improved ragdoll physics models introduced with NHL® Collision Physics.
  • Goalie Interference: Improved logic ensures that big collisions with the goalie will result in penalty calls. Additionally, goals that come as a result of goalie interference will be called back more consistently.

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More Realistic Incidental Contact

  • Speed and Momentum Matter: Not only will incidental contact occur more frequently, but speed and momentum will determine whether players colliding incidentally will trip and stumble or remain in control. Player balance attributes will also play a significant role in the outcome.

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Penalty Calls

  • Interference: Expect stricter calls. Defenders won’t be able to hit attacking players as late after they release the puck.
  • Boarding/Hitting from Behind: Enhanced penalty logic judges the appropriate circumstances of a hit (angle, speed and result of the hit) and ensures the right call is made in each situation.
  • Charging: Additional logic has been added to understand the variables of each hit, such as the hitter’s speed and line taken.