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Sunday, June 11, 2017

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins won consecutive Stanley Cups with a Game 6 win over the Nashville Predators. The NHL's other 29 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 
49         
St. Louis Blues
49         
Never
Buffalo Sabres
46         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
46         
Never
Washington Capitals
42         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
41         
Phoenix Coyotes*
37         
Never
New York Islanders
33         
Calgary Flames
27         
Edmonton Oilers
26         
San Jose Sharks
25         
Never
Ottawa Senators
24         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
23         
Florida Panthers
23         
Never
New York Rangers
22         
Nashville Predators
18         
Never
Dallas Stars
17         
Winnipeg Jets**     
17         
Never
Minnesota Wild
16         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
16         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
15         
New Jersey Devils
13         
Tampa Bay Lightning
12        
Carolina Hurricanes
11        
Anaheim Ducks
10        
Detroit Red Wings
9        
Boston Bruins
6        
Los Angeles Kings
3        
Chicago Blackhawks
2        
Pittsburgh Penguins
0        
Avg
22        
    

*   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 49 seasons (Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues), six 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 have not even reached the Final during that span.

More intriguing than the length of each team's drought is the fact that 12 of the 30 current NHL teams (40%) have never won the Stanley Cup. In fact, 4 of the 30 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 Penguins to capture their third consecutive Cup (8 to 1), followed by the Lightning, Capitals and Oilers (10 to 1), and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights pulling up the rear (200 to 1).

* 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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