Since 97-98, there hasn't been a repeat Stanley Cup champion. Why?
Is it the parity in the league? Is it the difficulty to maintain such a high level for multiple years? Is it the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover?
I'd say all of the above are certainly factors.
Many have argued that the mystical Stanley Cup hangover doesn't exist. However, with less time to recover and recuperate from injuries in addition to journeys and parties with Lord Stanley's hardware, focusing on a season right off the bat can be difficult.
Many Stanley Cup-winning teams have disaster scenarios when entering their title-defense season. Here are a few that the Los Angeles Kings might have to worry about.