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Sunday, June 12, 2016

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins erased their seven year Stanley Cup drought with a Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks. 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 
48         
St. Louis Blues
48         
Never
Buffalo Sabres
45         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
45         
Never
Washington Capitals
41         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
40         
Phoenix Coyotes*
36         
Never
New York Islanders
32         
Calgary Flames
26         
Edmonton Oilers
25         
San Jose Sharks
24         
Never
Ottawa Senators
23         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
22         
Florida Panthers
22         
Never
New York Rangers
21         
Nashville Predators
17         
Never
Dallas Stars
16         
Winnipeg Jets**     
16         
Never
Minnesota Wild
15         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
15         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
14         
New Jersey Devils
12         
Tampa Bay Lightning
11        
Carolina Hurricanes
10        
Anaheim Ducks
9        
Detroit Red Wings
8        
Boston Bruins
5        
Los Angeles Kings
2        
Chicago Blackhawks
1        
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 48 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, 5 of the 30 teams (17%) have never skated in a Final in their franchise history (Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets).

In ten months the quest for the Stanley Cup continues for 16 of the 30 clubs that qualify for the postseason. Early Vegas odds favor the Capitals (11 to 2), followed by the Kings (6 to 1) and the current champion Penguins to capture consecutive Cups (7 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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