Stanley Cup Final: 10 Teams That Will Contend for the Cup in 2013

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Stanley Cup Final: 10 Teams That Will Contend for the Cup in 2013
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The Los Angeles Kings just completed one of the most dominant Stanley Cup runs in NHL history.

In fact, since the playoffs expanded to include 16 teams in 1980, only the 1988 Edmonton Oilers have finished the playoffs with a better record.

Those Oilers had just won their second consecutive Cup, their fourth in five seasons. They'd go on to win another just two years later.

That fifth Oilers Cup marked the end of the last great NHL dynasty.

The Penguins and Red Wings have won back-to-back Cups since then, and New Jersey, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Colorado combined to win 10 of the next 14 Cups. The Pens and Wings have each added another in the past eight seasons. But no team has won back-to-back Cups since 1998, and the last nine NHL champions have been nine different teams.

So as rare as L.A.'s dominant run was, repeating that kind of success is even rarer in today's NHL.

While the Kings will enter next season as a Stanley Cup favorite, there will be about a dozen other teams with a realistic chance. Just to weed that group down to 10 is hard enough. Ranking them is next to impossible.

With that said, here's a look at the 10 teams most likely to lift Lord Stanley's Cup in 2013.

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