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Among the teams that have recently captured their first Stanley Cup are the Los Angeles Kings in 2012, Anaheim in 2007, Carolina in 2006 and Tampa Bay in 2004.
Columbus, Buffalo, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, Ottawa, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver, Washington and Winnipeg are the only teams that haven't won the Stanley Cup.
Although anything can happen in sports, I have my doubts that Columbus, Buffalo, Florida, or Winnipeg will break that trend.
Ottawa has too many injuries, and although they are looking like a contender in the future, don't expect them to be one this season.
That leaves us with the Wild, Predators, Coyotes, Blues, Sharks, Canucks and Capitals.
I believe the Wild and Sharks have the potential to make a run, but both teams are inconsistent and don't have enough depth on offense to match that of other Cup contenders.
The Predators are among the best defensive teams in hockey, thanks to Shea Weber and an elite goaltender in Pekka Rinne, and should not be taken lightly by any team.
The Coyotes were three games short of the Cup Final last year, and the Blues are one of the most complete teams in hockey, so you can mark them down as contenders.
The Canucks have won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and were one game short of winning the Cup in 2011, so don't count them out.
While the Capitals are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference, folks need to be reminded that this team started out very slowly in 2012 and knocked off the defending Cup champion Boston Bruins in last year's Eastern Conference quarterfinals and were one game short of eliminating the top team in the East, New York Rangers.
The Capitals will embrace the role as underdogs once again. The experience and youth are there, and they have the potential to turn their season around and make a run at the Cup.
There are plenty of teams without a Cup that can win their first this year, and we'll get to the Cup winner later.