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An Ice Hockey Wiki article.

This is a list of current NHL franchise post-season and Stanley Cup droughts. Those teams which have never made it in franchise history are listed by the date they entered the league. These lists do not include the canceled 2004-05 NHL season.

Contents

Longest Active Droughts

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Post-season droughts

Team Last appearance in post-season Post-season drought
Florida Panthers 2000 6 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets never (franchise started in 2000) 6 seasons
Chicago Blackhawks 2002 4 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 2002 4 seasons
Phoenix Coyotes 2002 4 seasons
Washington Capitals 2003 3 seasons
St. Louis Blues 2004 2 seasons
Boston Bruins 2004 2 seasons
Toronto Maple Leafs 2004 2 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 2006 1 season
Carolina Hurricanes 2006 1 season
Montreal Canadiens 2006 1 season
Colorado Avalanche 2006 1 season
Edmonton Oilers 2006 1 season
Ottawa Senators 2007 --
Tampa Bay Lightning 2007 --
Buffalo Sabres 2007 --
New Jersey Devils 2007 --
New York Rangers 2007 --
Dallas Stars 2007 --
Calgary Flames 2007 --
Anaheim Ducks 2007 --
Detroit Red Wings 2007 --
Nashville Predators 2007 --
New York Islanders 2007 --
San Jose Sharks 2007 --
Atlanta Thrashers 2007 --
Minnesota Wild 2007 --
Vancouver Canucks 2007 --
Pittsburgh Penguins 2007 --

Stanley Cup finals droughts

Team Last appearance Finals drought
Toronto Maple Leafs 1967 39 seasons
St. Louis Blues 1970 36 seasons
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise started in 1979) 27 seasons
New York Islanders 1984 22 seasons
Boston Bruins 1990 16 seasons
San Jose Sharks never (franchise started in 1991) 15 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins 1992 14 seasons
Chicago Blackhawks 1992 14 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 1993 13 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 1993 13 seasons
New York Rangers 1994 12 seasons
Vancouver Canucks 1994 12 seasons
Florida Panthers 1996 10 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 1997 9 seasons
Washington Capitals 1998 8 seasons
Nashville Predators never (franchise started in 1998) 8 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 1999 7 seasons
Atlanta Thrashers never (franchise started in 1999) 7 seasons
Dallas Stars 2000 6 seasons
Minnesota Wild never (franchise started in 2000) * 6 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets never (franchise started in 2000) 6 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2001 5 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 2002 4 seasons
New Jersey Devils 2003 3 seasons
Calgary Flames 2004 2 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 2 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 2006 1 season
Carolina Hurricanes 2006 1 season
Ottawa Senators 2007 --
Anaheim Ducks 2007 --

* the Minnesota North Stars made their last finals appearance in 1991

Stanley Cup droughts

Team Last Stanley Cup Stanley Cup drought
Chicago Blackhawks 1961 45 seasons
Toronto Maple Leafs 1967 39 seasons
Los Angeles Kings never (inception of franchise in 1967-68) 39 seasons
St. Louis Blues never (inception of franchise in 1967-68) 39 seasons
Buffalo Sabres never (inception of franchise in 1970-71) 36 seasons
Vancouver Canucks never (inception of franchise in 1970-71) 36 seasons
Boston Bruins 1972 34 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974-75) 32 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 1975 31 seasons
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979-80) 27 seasons
New York Islanders 1983 23 seasons
Calgary Flames 1989 17 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 1990 16 seasons
San Jose Sharks never (inception of franchise in 1991-92) 15 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins 1992 14 seasons
Ottawa Senators never (inception of franchise in 1992-93) 14 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 1993 13 seasons
Florida Panthers never (inception of franchise in 1993-94) 13 seasons
New York Rangers 1994 12 seasons
Nashville Predators never (inception of franchise in 1998-99) 8 seasons
Atlanta Thrashers never (inception of franchise in 1999-2000) 7 seasons
Dallas Stars 1999 7 seasons
Minnesota Wild never (inception of franchise in 2000-01) 6 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000-01) 6 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2001 5 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 2002 4 seasons
New Jersey Devils 2003 3 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 2 seasons
Carolina Hurricanes 2006 1 season
Anaheim Ducks 2007 --

Longest all-time Stanley Cup finals droughts

Does not include the canceled 2004-05 season.

Does not include the original Ottawa Senators who made their last finals appearance in 1927.

Team Previous Stanley Cup finals Next Stanley Cup finals Stanley Cup finals drought
Toronto Maple Leafs 1967 present 39 seasons
St. Louis Blues 1970 present 36 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 1966 1995 28 seasons
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979-80) present 27 seasons
Los Angeles Kings never (inception of franchise in 1967-68) 1993 25 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 1975 1999 23 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins never (inception of franchise in 1967-68) 1991 23 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974-75) 1998 23 seasons
Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979-80) 2002 22 seasons
New York Islanders 1984 present 22 seasons
New York Rangers 1950 1972 21 seasons
Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils never (inception of franchise in 1974-75) 1995 20 seasons

Longest all-time Stanley Cup droughts

Listed by number of consecutive seasons without a Stanley Cup win.

Does not include the canceled 2004-05 season.

Does not include the original Ottawa Senators who won their last Stanley Cup in 1927.

Does not include teams that have never won a Stanley Cup.

Previous Stanley Cup Next Stanley Cup Stanley Cup drought Team
1940 1994 53 seasons New York Rangers
1961 present 45 seasons Chicago Blackhawks
1955 1997 41 seasons Detroit Red Wings
1967 present 39 seasons Toronto Maple Leafs
1972 present 34 seasons Boston Bruins
1975 present 31 seasons Philadelphia Flyers

Longest playoff appearance streaks

Cities/regions awaiting first Stanley Cup

Listed according to seasons waited

Includes only current NHL cities/regions

City/Region Seasons waited Finals appearances Current team
St. Louis 40* 1968, 1969, 1970 St. Louis Blues
Buffalo 36 1975, 1999 Buffalo Sabres
Minneapolis-St. Paul 32** 1981***, 1991*** Minnesota Wild
Washington, D.C. 32 1998 Washington Capitals
San Francisco Bay Area 24**** Never San Jose Sharks
Atlanta 15***** Never Atlanta Thrashers
South Florida 13 1996 Florida Panthers
Phoenix 10 Never Phoenix Coyotes
Nashville 8 Never Nashville Predators
Columbus 6 Never Columbus Blue Jackets******

* includes 1 season of the St. Louis Eagles (1934-1935)

** includes 26 seasons of the Minnesota North Stars (1967-1993)

*** both Finals appearances by the North Stars

**** includes 9 seasons of the Oakland Seals-California Golden Seals (1967-1976)

***** includes 8 seasons of the Atlanta Flames (1972-1980)

****** no playoff appearances to date


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