NHL: Hockey Teams with the Most Playoff Appearances

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The Montreal Canadiens, naturally, have the most postseason appearances of any hockey franchise, to go along with their most Stanley Cups.

They are the New York Yankees of the NHL. Or is it the other way around? Depends on who you ask, I guess.

Anyway, to level the, er, ice surface, there are two lists today.

First, the straight up ranking of franchises by most playoff appearances.

But that’s a little unfair. The Canadiens have been playing for 94 years, while a very successful team like the latest version of the Ottawa Senators has only been around for 19.

In fact, the Canadiens have been in the postseason almost four times as many years as the Senators have been in existence. Or nearly twice as many years as classic teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have been hitting the ice.

So, a second list below – one that ranks each franchise by the percentage of its existence it made it to the postseason.

Look at that. The Canadiens win again. But the rest of the list gets shaken up quite a bit.

MOST NHL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES BY FRANCHISE

FRANCHISE PLAYOFF APP. FIRST YR YRS
1. Montreal Canadiens  79  1918  94 
2. Boston Bruins  67  1925  87 
3. Toronto Maple Leafs  64  1918  94 
4. Detroit Red Wings  60  1927  85 
5. Chicago Blackhawks  57  1927  85 
6. New York Rangers  54  1927  85 
7. Philadelphia Flyers  36  1968  44 
7. St. Louis Blues  36  1968  44 
9. Buffalo Sabres  29  1971  41 
9. Dallas Stars  29  1968  44 
11. Pittsburgh Penguins  27  1968  44 
12. Calgary Flames  26  1973  39 
12. Los Angeles Kings  26  1968  44 
14. Vancouver Canucks  25  1971  41 
15. Washington Capitals  23  1975  37 
16. New Jersey Devils  22  1975  37 
17. Colorado Avalanche  21  1980  32 
17. New York Islanders  21  1973  39 
19. Edmonton Oilers  20  1980  32 
20. Phoenix Coyotes  19  1980  32 
21. San Jose Sharks  15  1992  20 
22. Carolina Hurricanes  13  1980  32 
22. Ottawa Senators  13  1993  19 
24. Anaheim Ducks  1994  18 
25. Nashville Predators  1999  13 
26. Tampa Bay Lightning  1993  19 
27. Florida Panthers  1994  18 
28. Minnesota Wild  2001  11 
29. Columbus Blue Jackets  2001  11 
29. Winnipeg Jets  2000  12 

FRANCHISE’S PERCENTAGE OF HISTORY IN POSTSEASON

FRANCHISE PCT OF HISTORY PLAYOFF APP TOTAL YRS FIRST YR
1. Montreal Canadiens  84.04% 79 94 1918 
2. Philadelphia Flyers  81.82% 36 44 1968 
2. St. Louis Blues  81.82% 36 44 1968 
4. Boston Bruins  77.01% 67 87 1925 
5. San Jose Sharks  75.00% 15 20 1992 
6. Buffalo Sabres  70.73% 29 41 1971 
7. Detroit Red Wings  70.59% 60 85 1927 
8. Ottawa Senators  68.42% 13 19 1993 
9. Toronto Maple Leafs  68.09% 64 94 1918 
10. Chicago Blackhawks  67.06% 57 85 1927 
11. Calgary Flames  66.67% 26 39 1973 
12. Dallas Stars  65.91% 29 44 1968 
13. Colorado Avalanche  65.63% 21 32 1980 
14. New York Rangers  63.53% 54 85 1927 
15. Edmonton Oilers  62.50% 20 32 1980 
16. Washington Capitals  62.16% 23 37 1975 
17. Pittsburgh Penguins  61.36% 27 44 1968 
18. Vancouver Canucks  60.98% 25 41 1971 
19. New Jersey Devils  59.46% 22 37 1975 
20. Phoenix Coyotes  59.38% 19 32 1980 
21. Los Angeles Kings  59.09% 26 44 1968 
22. New York Islanders  53.85% 21 39 1973 
22. Nashville Predators  53.85% 7 13 1999 
24. Anaheim Ducks  44.44% 8 18 1994 
25. Carolina Hurricanes  40.63% 13 32 1980 
26. Tampa Bay Lightning  31.58% 6 19 1993 
27. Minnesota Wild  27.27% 3 11 2001 
28. Florida Panthers  22.22% 4 18 1994 
29. Columbus Blue Jackets  9.09% 1 11 2001 
30. Winnipeg Jets  8.33% 1 12 2000 

Thanks to hockey-reference.com.

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