Interesting Stanley Cup finals note.

I don’t specialize in betting advice, but if you’re looking for signs that predict either a Detroit or Pittsburgh victory, here’s something to consider. Only eight times in NHL history prior to this year have the same two teams played for the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years.

In those eight series, the defending champion has won the last seven (Montreal, 1978; Montreal, 1969; Toronto, 1964; Montreal, 1960; Montreal, 1958; Detroit, 1955; Toronto, 1949). Not surprisingly, there haven’t been many repeat Finals matchups since the NHL doubled from six to 12 teams in 1967.
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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