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Thursday, June 13, 2019

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup with a Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins. The NHL's other 30 teams, however, extended their respective win-less droughts by another year.  The chart below describes, in descending order, the number of years each team has gone without winning a Stanley Cup, showing the last year they hoisted the hardware (if ever).

Team       Seasons           Last Cup Win
Toronto Maple Leafs 
51         
Buffalo Sabres
48         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
48         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
43         
Phoenix Coyotes*
39         
Never
New York Islanders
35         
Calgary Flames
29         
Edmonton Oilers
28         
San Jose Sharks
27         
Never
Ottawa Senators
26         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
25         
Florida Panthers
25         
Never
New York Rangers
24         
Nashville Predators
20         
Never
Dallas Stars
19         
Winnipeg Jets**     
19         
Never
Minnesota Wild
18         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
18         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
17         
New Jersey Devils
15         
Tampa Bay Lightning
14         
Carolina Hurricanes
13        
Anaheim Ducks
12        
Detroit Red Wings
11        
Boston Bruins
8        
Los Angeles Kings
5        
Chicago Blackhawks
4        
Pittsburgh Penguins
2        
Washington Capitals
1        
St. Louis Blues
0        
Average
21        

*   Includes record of Winnipeg Jets prior to relocation to Phoenix
** Includes record of Atlanta Thrashers prior to relocation to Winnipeg

The average drought rests at 22 seasons with longest being 51 seasons (Toronto Maple Leafs), four seasons shy of the all-time win-less streak of 54 seasons (New York Rangers 1940-1994). Not only has Toronto failed to win since the NHL expansion beyond its original six teams, they haven't reached the Stanley Cup Final during that span. In fact, they've yet to win a playoff series since the 2004 NHL lockout.

More intriguing than the length of each team's drought is the fact that 10 of the 31 current NHL teams (32%) have never won the Stanley Cup. In fact, 4 of the 31 teams (13%) have never skated in a Final in their franchise history (Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets).

In ten months the quest for the Stanley Cup continues for 16 of the 31 clubs that qualify for the postseason. Early Vegas odds favor the Lightning and Golden Knights (6 to 1) to capture their first Cup (8 to 1), followed by the Leafs, Bruins and Avalanche (10 to 1), with the Senators (500 to 1) pulling up the rear.

* See also NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Qualification Droughts.
* See also NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Series Win Droughts.
* See also NHL Stanley Cup Final Appearance Droughts.

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