With their six-game triumph over the New Jersey Devils this past June, the Los Angeles Kings deleted themselves from the list of NHL teams seeking their first Stanley Cup. That thirsty fraternity has been whittled down to 12 members.
Amidst the parades on the Staples Center ice and the streets of L.A., one was bound to hear the collective question in the background from the fan bases of those teams, except maybe those who are restrained by realism.
“Are we next?”
The lone sure thing in this area is that one NHL franchise will still be bereft of banners as late as the start of the 2024 playoffs. Realistically, at least a handful will have to wait more than another decade.
But now for a shift towards the cheerier, not-out-of-the-question perspective. If there is a not-so-minor miracle and the NHL resumes action in 2012-13 with its teams virtually structured they way they are now, here are the ascending odds of another franchise corralling its first Cup next June.