List of NHL franchise post-season appearance streaks

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This is a list of the active and all-time NHL franchise post-season appearance streaks up to and including the 2007–08 NHL season and subsequent 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs. These lists do not include the canceled 2004–05 NHL season.

Active post-season appearance streaks[change | change source]

Team Post-season streak Last missed post-season
Detroit Red Wings 17 seasons 1989–90
New Jersey Devils 11 seasons 1995–96
Ottawa Senators 11 seasons 1995–96
Dallas Stars 5 seasons 2001–02
Calgary Flames 4 seasons 2002–03
Nashville Predators 4 seasons 2002–03
San Jose Sharks 4 seasons 2002–03
Anaheim Ducks 3 seasons 2003–04
New York Rangers 3 seasons 2003–04
Minnesota Wild 2 seasons 2005–06
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 seasons 2005–06
Boston Bruins 1 season 2006–07
Colorado Avalanche 1 season 2006–07
Montreal Canadiens 1 season 2006–07
Philadelphia Flyers 1 season 2006–07
Washington Capitals 1 season 2006–07

All-time post-season appearance streaks[change | change source]

     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 seasons 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 seasons 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
Philadelphia Flyers 17 seasons 1972–73 through to 1988–89 2 : 1973–74, 1974–75
Detroit Red Wings 17 seasons 1990–91 to present 4: 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08
Atlanta Flames
/ Calgary Flames
16 seasons[1] 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 1979–80[2] through to 1991–92 5 : 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90
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 seasons[3] 1994–95 through to 2005–06 2 : 1995–96, 2000–01
New Jersey Devils 11 seasons 1996–97 to present 2 : 1999–2000, 2002–03
Ottawa Senators 11 seasons 1996–97 to present none
Chicago Blackhawks 10 seasons 1958–59 through to 1967–68 1 : 1960–61
New York Rangers 10 seasons 1977–78 through to 1986–87 none
  1. includes 5 seasons for Atlanta Flames (1975–76 through to 1979–80) + 11 seasons for Calgary Flames (1980–81 through to 1990–91)
  2. the Edmonton Oilers made the playoffs the first year they were in the NHL (1979–80); additionally, they made the WHA playoffs the preceding 4 seasons (1975–76 through to 1978–79)
  3. includes 1 season for Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) + 10 seasons for Colorado Avalanche (1995–96 through to 2005–06)
  • An interesting note is that the Montreal Canadiens only missed the playoffs once between the 1948–49 to 1993–94 seasons. In the 1969–70 NHL season, they placed tied for fourth (and last playoff place) with the New York Rangers, but were eliminated on total goals scored (they scored 244 to the NYRs' 246 goals). If they had made the playoffs that year, they would have had a post-season appearance streak of 46 seasons.
  • The Detroit Red Wings' 17 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).