There are good omens everywhere you look in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and they benefit both the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Only one team can win, of course, so something is gonna have to give.
For the Canucks, they have the famed Olympic omen on their backs. The last two times a Canadian city hosted the Olympics, the NHL team that calls that city home won the Stanley Cup the following year.
Montreal hosted the Summer Games in 1976 and the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1977. In 1988, Calgary hosted the Winter Games. The Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989. Of course, Vancouver hosted the Olympics in 2010.
On the flip side, the Bruins hold the good luck of the NHL Premiere omen. In the last two seasons, each champion has played in the NHL's Premiere event to kick off the regular season in Europe. In 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their season in Stockholm, and in 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their year in Helsinki.
The Bruins opened their 2010-11 season in Prague.
The Stanley Cup Finals kick off Wednesday, as the Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for full coverage oFor coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.