Nine times the losing streak was limited to two years though twice a three year streak struck (Toronto 1938-1940, St. Louis 1968-1970). The charts below describe these streaks by team and years, and vice versa.
|Toronto||1935-1936 (2), 1938-1939-1940 (3), 1959-1960 (2),|
|Detroit||1941-1942 (2), 1948-1949 (2), 1963-1964 (2)|
|Montreal||1951-1952 (2), 1954-1955 (2)|
|Boston||1957-1958 (2), 1977-1978 (2)|
|St. Louis||1968-1969-1970 (3)|
Last week, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell one game short of returning to the Stanley Cup Final for their second consecutive year. Had they qualified and lost to their western conference counterpart, they would have become the sixth franchise on this inglorious list.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Wins.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Rematches.