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12-12-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by deckercky View Post
If you look only at the last three winners, then the recipe is an elite defenceman (Keith, Chara, Doughty) and stupid depth throughout the lineup. 2/3 had elite goaltending as well.

However, looking over time, the secret is to have as good of a team as possible, have your goaltending play at it's best, and to have good luck as far as health goes. Add in a dash of lucky bounces in close games and you have the recipe for a winner.
Being an American team has also been very a very good indicator over the last 20 years.

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