NHL Final 4 Appearances Since 1967-68

Ultimately, a National Hockey League team winning the Stanley Cup is the greatest measurement of that team’s success. Since expansion started inflating the NHL, starting in 1967-68, it has obviously become increasingly harder to win the big prize. An interesting measurement to look at since that first expansion year is the number of times a team reaches the final 4.

Of course, between 1942-43 and 1966-67, just two teams each year didn’t make the final four. Now with 30 teams, each team has a 13% chance of making the conference finals.

Of the current teams, just the Columbus Blue Jackets, Winnipeg Jets (Atlanta Thrashers) and Nashville Predators have yet to reach the final 4. The Philadelphia Flyers lead all teams with 16 appearances (2 Stanley Cup victories). The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens both sit with 15 appearances. However, Chicago has won the Stanley Cup just once in that time while the Habs have won ten times.

Team Number
Philadelphia Flyers 16
Chicago Blackhawks 15
Montreal Canadiens 15
Boston Bruins 14
Detroit Red Wings 10
New York Islanders 10
New York Rangers 10
Edmonton Oilers 9
New Jersey Devils 7
Pittsburgh Penguins 7
Buffalo Sabres 6
Colorado Avalanche (1) 6
Minnesota North Stars   (2) 6
St. Louis Blues 6
Toronto Maple Leafs 5
Calgary Flames 4
Dallas Stars (2) 4
Anaheim Ducks 3
Carolina Hurricanes 3
Los Angeles Kings 3
San Jose Sharks 3
Vancouver Canucks 3
Ottawa Senators 2
Quebec Nordiques (1) 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Washington Capitals 2
Florida Panthers 1
Minnesota Wild 1
Phoenix Coyotes 1


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