The NHL season has a few games left, but there are a couple of tables we can update already. The Thrashers will miss the post-season for the 9th time in 10 opportunities. This means the Thrashers will extend to 10 seasons their streak with no playoff wins.
By missing the post-season the Thrashers cannot possibly win a playoff series. No NHL team has ever won a playoff series in Atlanta--never, ever--really! Combining the Thrashers (10) and Flames (8) that pushes the record for NHL playoff futility to a mind boggling 18 seasons in this market. Consider this fact for a moment, if the Atlanta playoff drought was a person, it would already have a driver's license and be old enough to vote in elections and is just three years shy of being able to drink legally. Those 18 seasons represent a lost generation of fans--an entire age cohort with literally nothing to cheer for in the post-season.
Three current NHL markets have never witnessed a playoff series victory--Atlanta, Phoenix, Nashville and Columbus. Two of those markets qualified and could earn their first series victory this spring.
Longest drought without a NHL playoff win
- 12 seasons Florida Panthers
- 10 seasons Atlanta Thrashers
- 9 seasons Columbus Blue Jackets
- 6* seasons LA Kings (qualified for post-season this year)
- 6* seasons Phoenix Coyotes (qualified for post-season this year)
- 5 seasons Toronto Maple Leafs
- 4 season Edmonton Oilers
- 3 seasons St. Louis Blues
- 3 seasons New York Islanders
- 3 seasons Tampa Bay Lightning
Longest drought without a NHL series win by market:
- 18 seasons (Thrashers + Flames)
- 16 seasons NY
- 13 Florida Panthers
- 12* Phoenix Coyotes (could end this post-season)
- 10* (could end this post-season)
- 9 Columbus Blue Jackets
- 7* LA Kings (could end this post-season)
- 6 Minnesota
- 5 Toronto, Calgary, Tampa Bay