List of NHL franchise post-season appearance streaks


List of NHL franchise post-season appearance streaks

These are lists of active and all-time National Hockey League (NHL) franchise post-season appearance, post-season series win, Stanley Cup Final and Stanley Cup streaks up to and including the 2010–11 NHL season and subsequent 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. These lists do not include the canceled 2004–05 NHL season.

Contents

Longest active streaks

Post-season appearance streaks

A post-season appearance streak is continued by making the NHL playoffs after the regular season. Since the first round of the playoffs consists of 8 series, there will always be 16 teams in this list (of the 30 teams in the NHL).

Note that the Detroit Red Wings' current 20-season streak of making the post-season is the longest active streak of any of the four major professional sports leagues (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB).

Team Post-season streak Last missed post-season Stanley Cup Championships during streak
Detroit Red Wings 20 seasons 1989–90 4 : 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08
San Jose Sharks 07 seasons 2002–03
Pittsburgh Penguins 05 seasons 2005–06 1 : 2008–09
Boston Bruins 04 seasons 2006–07 1 : 2010–11
Montreal Canadiens 04 seasons 2006–07
Philadelphia Flyers 04 seasons 2006–07
Washington Capitals 04 seasons 2006–07
Chicago Blackhawks 03 seasons 2007–08 1 : 2009–10
Vancouver Canucks 03 seasons 2007–08
Buffalo Sabres 02 seasons 2008–09
Los Angeles Kings 02 seasons 2008–09
Nashville Predators 02 seasons 2008–09
Phoenix Coyotes 02 seasons 2008–09
Anaheim Ducks 01 season 2009–10
New York Rangers 01 season 2009–10
Tampa Bay Lightning 01 season 2009–10

Post-season series win streaks

This is a list of teams that have active post-season series win streaks. A post-season series win streak is continued by making the post-season and winning at least the first round series (called the Conference Quarter-Finals) of the playoffs. Since the first round of the playoffs consists of 16 teams in 8 series, there will always be 8 teams in this list, the winners of those series.

Team Post-season series win streak
Detroit Red Wings 5 seasons
Boston Bruins 3 seasons
Vancouver Canucks 3 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 2 seasons
San Jose Sharks 2 seasons
Nashville Predators 1 season
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 season
Washington Capitals 1 season

Longest all-time streaks

Post-season appearance streaks

  Active franchise streak is highlighted
Team Post-season streak Consecutive post-season appearances Stanley Cup Championships during streak
Boston Bruins 29 seasons 1967–68 through to 1995–96 2 : 1969–70, 1971–72
Chicago Blackhawks 28 seasons 1969–70 through to 1996–97 none
St. Louis Blues 25 seasons 1979–80 through to 2003–04 none
Montreal Canadiens 24 seasons1 1970–71 through to 1993–94 8 : 1970–71, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1992–93
Montreal Canadiens 21 seasons1 1948–49 through to 1968–69 10 : 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69
Detroit Red Wings 20 seasons 1938–39 through to 1957–58 5 : 1942–43, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55
Detroit Red Wings 20 seasons 1990–91 to present 4 : 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08
Philadelphia Flyers 17 seasons 1972–73 through to 1988–89 2 : 1973–74, 1974–75
Atlanta Flames/Calgary Flames 16 seasons2 1975–76 through to 1990–91 1 : 1988–89
Toronto Maple Leafs 15 seasons 1930–31 through to 1944–45 3 : 1931–32, 1941–42, 1944–45
New York Islanders 14 seasons 1974–75 through to 1987–88 4 : 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
Washington Capitals 14 seasons 1982–83 through to 1995–96 none
Edmonton Oilers 13 seasons 1979–803 through to 1991–92 5 : 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90
New Jersey Devils 13 seasons 1996–97 through to 2009–10 2 : 1999–2000, 2002–03
Buffalo Sabres 11 seasons 1974–75 through to 1984–85 none
Pittsburgh Penguins 11 seasons 1990–91 through to 2000–01 2 : 1990–91, 1991–92
Philadelphia Flyers 11 seasons 1994–95 through to 2005–06 none
Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche 11 seasons4 1994–95 through to 2005–06 2 : 1995–96, 2000–01
Ottawa Senators 11 seasons 1996–97 through to 2007–08 none
Chicago Black Hawks 10 seasons 1958–59 through to 1967–68 1 : 1960–61
New York Rangers 10 seasons 1977–78 through to 1986–87 none
1 The Montreal Canadiens only missed the playoffs once between the 1948–49 and 1993–94 seasons. In the 1969–70 season, they tied for fourth and last playoff spot with the New York Rangers, but were eliminated on total goals scored tiebreak (they scored 244 goals to New York's 246). If they had made the playoffs that season, they would have had a post-season appearance streak of 46 seasons.
2 Includes 5 seasons as the Atlanta Flames (1975–76 through 1979–80), and 11 seasons as the Calgary Flames (1980–81 through 1990–91)
3 The Edmonton Oilers made the playoffs the first year they were in the NHL (1979–80); although they aren't included in the NHL streak, they made the WHA playoffs the preceding 4 seasons (1975–76 through 1978–79)
4 Includes 1 season as the Quebec Nordiques (1994–95), and 10 seasons as the Colorado Avalanche (1995–96 through 2005–06)

Post-season series win streaks

Consecutive seasons with at least one series victory.

  Active franchise streak is highlighted
Team Post-season win streak Consecutive post-season wins Stanley Cup Championships during streak
Montreal Canadiens 10 seasons 1950–51 through to 1959–60 6 : 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60
Montreal Canadiens 10 seasons 1983–84 through to 1992–93 2 : 1985–86, 1992–93
Philadelphia Flyers 09 seasons 1972–73 through to 1980–81 2 : 1973–74, 1974–75
New York Islanders 07 seasons 1978–79 through to 1984–85 4 : 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
Chicago Black Hawks 06 seasons 1969–70 through to 1974–75 none
Montreal Canadiens 06 seasons 1974–75 through to 1979–80 4 : 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79
Edmonton Oilers 06 seasons 1982–83 through to 1987–88 4 : 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88
Detroit Red Wings 06 seasons 1994–95 through to 1999–2000 2 : 1996–97, 1997–98
Montreal Canadiens 05 seasons 1964–65 through to 1968–69 4 : 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69
Toronto Maple Leafs 05 seasons 1974–75 through to 1978–79 none
Boston Bruins 05 seasons 1975–76 through to 1979–80 none
New York Rangers 05 seasons 1978–79 through to 1982–83 none
Boston Bruins 05 seasons 1987–88 through to 1991–92 none
Detroit Red Wings 05 seasons 2006–07 through to present 1 : 2007–08

Stanley Cup Final appearance streaks

Team Stanley Cup Final appearance streak Consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances Stanley Cup Championships during streak
Montreal Canadiens 10 seasons 1950–51 through to 1959–60 6 : 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60
Montreal Canadiens 05 seasons 1964–65 through to 1968–69 4 : 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69
New York Islanders 05 seasons 1979–80 through to 1983–84 4 : 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
Montreal Canadiens 04 seasons 1975–76 through to 1978–79 4 : 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79
Toronto Maple Leafs 03 seasons 1937–38 through to 1939–40 none
Detroit Red Wings 03 seasons 1940–41 through to 1942–43 1 : 1942–43
Toronto Maple Leafs 03 seasons 1946–47 through to 1948–49 3 : 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49
Detroit Red Wings 03 seasons 1947–48 through to 1949–50 1 : 1949–50
Detroit Red Wings 03 seasons 1953–54 through to 1955–56 2 : 1953–54, 1954–55
Toronto Maple Leafs 03 seasons 1961–62 through to 1963–64 3 : 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64
St. Louis Blues 03 seasons 1967–68 through to 1969–70 none
Philadelphia Flyers 03 seasons 1973–74 through to 1975–76 2 : 1973–74, 1974–75
Edmonton Oilers 03 seasons 1982–83 through to 1984–85 2 : 1983–84, 1984–85

Stanley Cup win streaks

Team Stanley Cup
win streak
Consecutive Stanley Cup wins
Montreal Canadiens 5 seasons 1955–56 through to 1959–60
Montreal Canadiens 4 seasons 1975–76 through to 1978–79
New York Islanders 4 seasons 1979–80 through to 1982–83
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 seasons 1946–47 through to 1948–49
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 seasons 1961–62 through to 1963–64
Ottawa Senators1 2 seasons 1919–20, 1920–21
Montreal Canadiens 2 seasons 1929–30, 1930–31
Detroit Red Wings 2 seasons 1935–36, 1936–37
Detroit Red Wings 2 seasons 1953–54, 1954–55
Montreal Canadiens 2 seasons 1964–65, 1965–66
Montreal Canadiens 2 seasons 1967–68, 1968–69
Philadelphia Flyers 2 seasons 1973–74, 1974–75
Edmonton Oilers 2 seasons 1983–84, 1984–85
Edmonton Oilers 2 seasons 1986–87, 1987–88
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 seasons 1990–91, 1991–92
Detroit Red Wings 2 seasons 1996–97, 1997–98
1 Not the current Ottawa franchise. This franchise, an original member of the NHL, folded following the 1934–35 NHL season after playing one year in St. Louis as the Eagles.

Stanley Cup win Countries teams streaks

Country Stanley Cup
win streak
Consecutive Stanley Cup wins
USA 17 seasons 1993–94 through current
Canada 8 seasons 1961–62 through 1968–69

See also

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-07-8. 
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