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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first second Stanley Cup (2004, 2020) with a Game 6 win over the Dallas Stars. 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 
52         
Buffalo Sabres
49         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
49         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
44         
Phoenix Coyotes*
40         
Never
New York Islanders
36         
Calgary Flames
30         
Edmonton Oilers
29         
San Jose Sharks
28         
Never
Ottawa Senators
27         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
26         
Florida Panthers
26         
Never
New York Rangers
25         
Nashville Predators
21         
Never
Dallas Stars
20         
Winnipeg Jets**     
20         
Never
Minnesota Wild
19         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
19         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
18         
New Jersey Devils
16         
Carolina Hurricanes
14        
Anaheim Ducks
13        
Detroit Red Wings
12        
Boston Bruins
9        
Los Angeles Kings
6        
Chicago Blackhawks
5        
Pittsburgh Penguins
3        
Washington Capitals
2        
St. Louis Blues
1        
Tampa Bay Lightning
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 21 seasons with longest being 52 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 eight months the quest for the Stanley Cup continues for 16 of the 31 clubs that qualify for the postseason. Early Vegas odds favor the Avalanche (6 /1), Lightning (7.5 /1) and Golden Knights (9 /1) to capture the Cup, followed by the Leafs (11/1) and Bruins (14/1), with the Red Wings (350/1) 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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