The NHL hasn’t had a team three-peat since the New York Islanders won their third of four championships in a row from 1980-83 in 1982, and it’s only been done five times ever. The Penguins have won the last two championships. It’s possible they win again and complete the three-peat, but unlikely given how rarely it has happened in the history of the game.
The top team in Western Conference, Nashville, won the Presidents’ Trophy, and if that wasn’t enough bad luck their captain touched the trophy.
There will be a new Stanley Cup champion, and it probably won’t be one of the favorites. So why not the Sharks?
With history on their side eliminating some of their biggest threats, the Sharks have a good chance to win it all in 2018.