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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

NHL Stanley Cup Final Appearance Droughts

This week the Predators and Penguins qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final erasing a Stanley Cup Final appearance drought of 17 years and 0 years (as the defending champions return to the Final), respectively, while the NHL's other 28 teams extended their absence by another season. The chart below describes, in descending order, the number of seasons each club has gone without a Cup Final appearance, showing the last year they qualified (if ever).

Team       Seasons           Last Cup Final
Toronto Maple Leafs 
49         
St. Louis Blues
46         
Phoenix Coyotes*
37         
Never
New York Islanders
32         
Montreal Canadiens
23         
Florida Panthers
20         
Washington Capitals
18         
Buffalo Sabres
17         
Winnipeg Jets**
17         
Never
Columbus Blue Jackets
16         
Never
Dallas Stars
16         
Minnesota Wild
16         
Never
Colorado Avalanche
15         
Calgary Flames
12         
Carolina Hurricanes
11         
Edmonton Oilers     
11         
Anaheim Ducks
10         
Ottawa Senators      
10         
Detroit Red Wings
8         
Philadelphia Flyers
7         
Vancouver Canucks
6         
New Jersey Devils
5         
Boston Bruins
4         
Los Angeles Kings
3         
New York Rangers
3         
Chicago Blackhawks
2         
Tampa Bay Lightning
2         
San Jose Sharks
1         
Pittsburgh Penguins
0         
Nashville Predators
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 roughly 13.5 seasons with Toronto laying claim to the longest at 49 seasons, a streak that began prior to NHL expansion beyond its original six teams. Arguably worse is the fact that 4 of the 30 teams (13%) have never skated in a Final in their franchise history (Phoenix, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Columbus), a list that was reduced by one with the Predators earning their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance this year.

In ten months the quest for the Cup continues for 16 of the 31 clubs (as the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice next  season) that qualify for the postseason. The goal is to hoist the hardware, but simply qualifying for the Stanley Cup Final would be a step in the right direction.
Indeed, one thing leads to another.

* See also NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Qualification Droughts.
* See also NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Series Win Droughts.
* See also NHL Stanley Cup Championship Droughts.

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