Will the Los Angeles Kings Manage A Double?
The Los Angeles Kings are busy trying to win the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row; however, it is an extremely difficult feat to pull off.
Since the new NHL era began no team has won the championship in successive years.
Going back further to 1990, there has only been two repeat champions, the 1991/2 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 1997/98 Detroit Red Wings.
The bookies also think that the Kings can’t manage a repeat win.
At most bookies they are fourth favourites to win with odds of 12/1 behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (8/1), New York Rangers (10/1) and Vancouver Canucks (11/1).
One thing in the Kings favour is that they have retained exactly the same team that won last year, the same thing as the Red Wings did in the 90s.
In general this is an excellent managerial and scouting move.
However, last years win was completely unexpected. Nobody had predicted that the 8th seeded Kings would knock off all three top seeded teams to win the cup.
Realistically it is highly unlikely that they can repeat this, and the nature of the game means that any of the 16 teams could win this year’s cup.