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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks erased their two year Stanley Cup drought with a Game 6 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 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 
47         
St. Louis Blues
47         
Never
Buffalo Sabres
44         
Never
Vancouver Canucks
44         
Never
Washington Capitals
40         
Never
Philadelphia Flyers
39         
Phoenix Coyotes*
35         
Never
New York Islanders
31         
Calgary Flames
25         
Edmonton Oilers
24         
San Jose Sharks
23         
Never
Ottawa Senators
22         
Never
Montreal Canadiens
21         
Florida Panthers
21         
Never
New York Rangers
20         
Nashville Predators
16         
Never
Dallas Stars
15         
Winnipeg Jets**     
15         
Never
Minnesota Wild
14         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets      
14         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
13         
New Jersey Devils
11         
Tampa Bay Lightning
10        
Carolina Hurricanes
9        
Anaheim Ducks
8        
Detroit Red Wings
7        
Pittsburgh Penguins
6        
Boston Bruins
4        
Los Angeles Kings
1        
Chicago Blackhawks
0        
Avg
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 47 seasons (Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues), seven 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 Blackhawks to capture consecutive Cups (6 to 1), followed by the Rangers and Ducks (8 to 1), and the Lightning and Kings (10 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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