Tonight the NHL playoffs begin, and sixteen hockey teams will begin the quest for the game’s ultimate prize.
Who will survive the most grueling championship tournament in profession sports and hoist the Stanley Cup two months from now? That’s hard to say. The last six teams to win hockey’s Holy Grail are all in the playoffs this year—including last year’s finalists, the Bruins and Blackhawks—so we very well could be treated to more of the same.
However, it’s also quite possible that one of the NHL’s longest championship droughts will come to an end, and that one long-suffering fan base will finally be treated to a victory parade starring Lord Stanley’s silver chalice.
Today, in honor of the start of the real NHL season, we’re going to take a look at the longest active Stanley Cup droughts. Some of these teams aren’t in the playoffs, so their drought will continue no matter what. However, a few of them do have a chance to end the misery. To find out who that is, click on the arrows and take a look.