Saturday, June 14, 2014

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the Los Angeles Kings erased their two year Stanley Cup drought with a Game 5 overtime win over the New York Rangers. 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 
46         
St. Louis Blues
46         
Never
Buffalo Sabres
43         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
43         
Never
Washington Capitals
39         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
38         
Phoenix Coyotes*
34         
Never
New York Islanders
30         
Calgary Flames
24         
Edmonton Oilers
23         
San Jose Sharks
22         
Never
Ottawa Senators
21         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
20         
Florida Panthers
20         
Never
New York Rangers
19         
Nashville Predators
15         
Never
Dallas Stars
14         
Winnipeg Jets**     
14         
Never
Minnesota Wild
13         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
13         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
12         
New Jersey Devils
10         
Tampa Bay Lightning
9        
Carolina Hurricanes
8        
Anaheim Ducks
7        
Detroit Red Wings
6        
Pittsburgh Penguins
5        
Boston Bruins
3        
Chicago Blackhawks
1        
Los Angeles Kings
0        

*   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 19.8 seasons with longest being 46 seasons (Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues), eight 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, 6 of the 30 teams (20%) have never skated in a Final in their franchise history (Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, 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 Bruins and Blackhawks 8 to 1 with the Kings probability to capture consecutive Cups is currently calculated at 12 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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