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Stanley Cup 2020: Why the Boston Bruins could be champions

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With the world slowly returning to normal and the possibility that the NHL will be able to complete the season, it’s time to look at the teams that are favored to win the Stanley Cup. From now until either the season is canceled or the playoffs begin, I’ll highlight one team per week and make the case for them to win the Stanley Cup. This week: The Boston Bruins.

If the NHL goes straight to the playoffs, the Boston Bruins will win the Presidents’ Trophy for finishing first overall and when you consider that they’re six points ahead of the second-place St. Louis Blues and were 0-7 in shootouts this season, there was really no doubt which team was the best through the first 85% of the regular season.

But as we’ve seen time and again, finishing first overall hardly guarantees playoff success. Historically, teams finishing first have about a 25% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, which gives them better odds than any other placing, but puts them in small margin compared to the rest of the field. And the Bruins know this as well as anyone. They’ve finished atop the NHL standings 13 times in their franchise history and have won gone on to win the Stanley Cup only three of those times, the 1971-72 season being the most recent.

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