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The Leafs and Post Season Droughts

In reading Godd Till's 6th day of Leafmas request I was struck by two things:

  1. How long it's been since the Leafs played a game that actually, genuinely mattered. I'm not talking about late season nail biters to see if this team can squeak into the post-season. I'm talking about OT games with no threat of a shootout, or the thrill and tension of a game 7 where an entire season is on the line.
  2. How does the Leafs current five year drought (sure to be six next April) stack up against the rest of the NHL?

So  I decided to look at all 30 NHL teams and their longest post-season drought since the league expanded in 1967: 

 

I suppose the good news is the Leafs have a long way to go before they break any NHL records for futility...of note, three of these streaks are ongoing: Florida, Toronto and Edmonton.

Team

Playoff Drought

Seasons

NJ Devils***

9

79-87

Florida

9

01-10

Washington*

8

74-82

NY Rangers

7

97 - 04

NY Islanders

7

94-01

Columbus*

7

00-07

Detroit

7

70-77

Calgary

7

96-03

Pittsburgh

6

82-88

Atlanta*

6

00-06

Tampa Bay

6

96-02

Carolina***

6

92-98

LA Kings

6

02-08

Phoenix

6

02-08

Philadelphia

5

89-94

Chicago**

5

02-07

Nashville

5

98-03

Colorado***

5

87-92

Toronto

5

05-10

Ottawa*

4

92-96

Vancouver

4

96-00

Edmonton

4

92-96 | 06-10

Montreal

3

98-01

Buffalo

3

99-01 | 01-04

St.Louis

3

05-08

Dallas

3

73-76

Anaheim

3

93-96* | 99-02

Boston**

2

05-07

Minnesota

2

00-02 | 03-05 | 08-10

San Jose

2

91-93* | '95-97

*drought started with their first year in the NHL
** have longer droughts that pre-date 1967
*** drought occurred/is shared with previous franchise (e.g. Whalers, Nordiques, Rockies)

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