• In this June 12, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby raises the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif. A repeat Stanley Cup champion hasn't happened in the league since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    NHL 2016-17: Odds stacked against Penguins repeating

    After the Penguins paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby took it to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Evgeni Malkin to Moscow and Phil Kessel to a children’s hospital in Toronto as part of the summer-long celebration.

  • In this March 10, 2016, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, in San Jose, Calif. The NHL's Western Conference should be wild, as usual, with a slew of teams with a shot to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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