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 2012–13 NHL season and subsequent 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. These lists do not include the canceled 2004–05 NHL season.
Longest active streaks
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|
|Los Angeles Kings||2 seasons|
|New York Rangers||2 seasons|
|Boston Bruins||1 season|
|Chicago Blackhawks||1 season|
|Detroit Red Wings||1 season|
|Ottawa Senators||1 season|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1 season|
|San Jose Sharks||1 season|
Longest all-time streaks
Post-season appearance streaks
This section has been updated to include teams appearing in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
- 1 The Bruins' streak is the longest post-season streak in North American major professional history. The longest such streak in any other sport is the 22 season streak of the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers franchise of the National Basketball Association.
- 2 The nickname of the Chicago team was the "Black Hawks" for the majority of the streak - 17 of the 28 seasons. They were renamed the "Blackhawks" in 1986.
- 3 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.
- 4 Includes 5 seasons as the Atlanta Flames (1975–76 through 1979–80), and 11 seasons as the Calgary Flames (1980–81 through 1990–91)
- 5 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)
- 6 Includes 1 season as the Quebec Nordiques (1994–95), and 10 seasons as the Colorado Avalanche (1995–96 through 2005–06)
- 7 Appearance streak is nine appearances over ten calendar years (the 2004-05 season was canceled because of the NHL lockout).)
Post-season series win streaks
Consecutive seasons with at least one series victory.
Stanley Cup Final appearance streaks
Stanley Cup win streaks
|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.
- List of National Hockey League (NHL) franchise post-season droughts
- List of Stanley Cup appearances
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- List of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise post-season appearance streaks
- List of National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise post-season appearance streaks
- List of National Football League (NFL) franchise post-season appearance streaks