Very few Stanley Cup champions repeat in the modern era. The St. Louis Blues have several reasons why they can and likely will.
While we do know that the St. Louis Blues and the NHL will finish their 2019-20 season, we still do not know exactly when. Regardless of that, the Blues will have their opportunity to defend their Stanley Cup championship.
The Blues will attempt to do the almost unthinkable. After winning their first Stanley Cup in team history, they will look to repeat.
It has happened. In the “modern era”, Montreal did it in 1930 and 1931, Detroit in 1936 and 1937 and then Philadelphia in 1974 and 1975. Pittsburgh did it in the early 1990’s and also Edmonton in the 1980’s.
Even so, back-to-back championships are rare in today’s game. Obviously, it is even rarer for a team to win it’s first championship and then a second right away – partly because only new or moved franchises have not won a title yet, but still.
Regardless of first title, the Blues will be looking to win back-to-back Stanley Cups for the first time in the NHL since Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. They would only be the third team to accomplish it since 1998.
Plenty of good/great teams have tried. Obviously few have succeeded.
Even with that in mind, the Blues actually have a very good chance. They still have the talented team that won it just a year ago, minus three pieces but adding some good ones.
They also have several things going for them. With that in mind, let’s look at why the Blues will repeat as champions.