That sounds more impressive than saying no one has done it since the Red Wings went back to back in 1997 and 1998, but that’s still 13 straight years (and 12 seasons thanks to the owners’ lockout in 2004-05) without a repeat champion.
Could the Bruins finally end that trend this season? A 13-year drought shouldn’t be too daunting for a team that just won its franchise’s first Cup in 39 years. And in reality, the Bruins are positioned better than arguably any other team since the days of the Detroit dynasty to make a run at a repeat. They returned nearly their entire roster from last season and since shaking off their October Cup hangover, they’ve been playing better than at any point of the regular season a year ago.
While it won’t be easy to survive the Stanley Cup gauntlet once again this spring, here’s a look at the Top 10 reasons the Bruins might just be the first team to repeat as Cup champions this century,
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