No Canada! No Canadian Teams in
Stanley Cup For 2d Time in History
Every NHL season in Canada begins with the reminder that no Canadian team has won a Stanley Cup final since the Montreal Canadiens beat Wayne Gretsky and the Los Angeles Kings in 1993 (although four times they have come within one win of the Cup). This season started off as the season that might break that slump, as the Canadiens started the season winning their first nine games (one -win shy of the record) and were 17-4 on November 25th when everything changed for the worse. On that day, the Canadiens lost their goaltender, 2015 NHL MVP Carey Price. They have gone 18-32 since then and will not make the playoffs for only the 8th time since 1970.
The year 1970 is significant since that year the Toronto Maple Leafs, the only other NHL team at that time, also missed the playoffs making it the first time the Stanley Cup playoffs did not include a Canadian team. [In case you are curious as to how the 1970 season ended, here is a hint . . . ]
Since 1970 the NHL has expanded in Canada, having as many as 8 Canadian teams at one point. This year, for only the second time in history, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets joined Montreal in missing the Stanley Cup playoffs creating an All-American playoff. The seven Canadian teams all were among the bottom 10 teams in the league.
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Wait Until Next Year
Despite this, Canadians are optimistic about next year and beyond.
Even though since 1993:
- Montreal has not been back to the Stanley Cup Finals and only twice has reached the conference finals (most recently in 2015). They are a playoff team once Price comes back.
- Toronto made it to four conference finals but has missed the playoffs 10 of the last 11 years. They have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967 or a playoff series since 2003. They were given 100-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup this season.
- Calgary made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004 (losing to the Lightning 4-3) but have missed the playoffs 6 out of the last 7 years. They were tied with Winnipeg, however, for the second best odds for a Canadian team to win the Cup this year at 28-1.
- Edmonton made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006 (losing to Carolina 4-3) but has missed the playoffs every year since then (10 years in a row). They were given 33-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup this year.
- Ottawa made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 (losing to Anaheim 4-1) but has won only one playoff series since then. To their credit, this is the first year they have missed the playoffs in club history and they were the last Canadian team to be eliminated. They were given 40-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup this season.
- Vancouver made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994 (losing to the New York Rangers 4-3) and 2011 (losing to Boston 4-3) – the last Canadian team to reach the finals. Unfortunately, they have not won a playoff series since then. They were given 66-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup this year.
- Since moving back to Winnipeg in 2012, the Jets have made the playoffs only once – in 2015 when they were swept by the Ducks. Nonetheless, they were tied with Calgary for the second best odds for a Canadian team to win the Cup this year at 28-1.