Monday, June 18, 2012

NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Wins

Since the Stanley Cup was dedicated to NHL's top team in 1926, only seven franchises (Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) have successfully defended their title and won the Stanley Cup in consecutive years.

The record for consecutive Stanley Cup wins by the same club is five (Montreal 1956-1957-1958-1969-1960) with two teams managing four straight wins (Montreal 1976-1977-1978-1979, New York Islanders 1980-1981-1982-1983), one team duplicating three year streaks (Toronto 1947-1948-1949 & 1962-1963-1964), and four squads posting one or more pairs (Detroit 1936-1937 & 1954-1955 & 1997-1998, Philadelphia 1974-1975, Edmonton 1984-1985 & 1987-1988, Pittsburgh 1991-1992).

The charts below describe these streaks by team, years, and vice versa.

Team: Years
MTL: 1930-1931 (2), 1956-1957-1958-1959-1960 (5),
-------'1965-1966 (2), 1968-1969 (2), 1976-1977-1978-1979 (4)
DET: 1936-1937 (2), 1954-1955 (2), 1997-1998 (2)
TOR: 1947-1948-1949 (3), 1962-1963-1964 (3)
PHI: 1974-1975 (2)
NYI: 1980-1981-1982-1983 (4)
EDM: 1984-1985 (2), 1987-1988 (2)
PIT: 1991-1992 (2)

Years: Team
1930-1931: Montreal
1936-1937: Detroit
1947-1949: Toronto
1954-1955: Detroit
1956-1960: Montreal
1962-1964: Toronto
1965-1966: Montreal
1968-1969: Montreal
1974-1975: Philadelphia
1976-1979: Montreal
1980-1983: New York
1984-1985: Edmonton
1987-1988: Edmonton
1991-1992: Pittsburgh
1997-1998: Detroit

Detroit was the last team to appear in consecutive Stanley Cup Finals (2008, 2009) when they rematched against Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Detroit, they failed to defend their title. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they spared themselves the shame of losing in consecutive Cup Finals.

It's only been a week since the Los Angeles Kings hoisted their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, however, it's never too early to speculate as to whether they can repeat as champions. Early Vegas odds favor Pittsburgh to win at 7 to 1 with Los Angeles' probability to capture consecutive Cups currently calculated at 11 to 1.

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