Top 12 NHL Teams Who Haven't Won The Stanley Cup

National Hockey League playoff games make for some of the best overall live sports television programming that occurs each year. Every shift of playoff hockey matters, as one goal that can occur after only a few seconds of play could make the difference for a team that is seeking to win a championship. There is also added excitement caused by the fact that NHL teams are playing for the Stanley Cup, arguably the most hallowed trophy in all of North American professional sports and one that has, in history, been treated as something that should be revered and admired by players, commentators, fans and even casual observers.

Several NHL teams are, as of the posting of this piece, in the middle of lengthy Stanley Cup championship droughts. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NHL despite the fact that the Leafs have not hoisted the Stanley Cup in nearly 50 years. While it has been 39 years since the Philadelphia Flyers last won the Stanley Cup, that franchise has, at the very least, provided its city with more championship celebrations than the Philadelphia Eagles. Manhattan does turn into a legitimate hockey town whenever the New York Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final, but the Blue Shirts are in the middle of a drought that has gone on for the past two decades.

Then, there are the cases of NHL clubs that have never been to the mountaintop a single time and that haven't won the Stanley Cup. Several of those franchises are, when compared to teams that have been around seemingly forever, younger clubs that have not had a considerable amount of time to build histories and to build cornerstones of rosters that could one day win the Stanley Cup. Other teams, however, have repeatedly let fans down and have failed to win the cherished prize that is handed to the last NHL team standing each and every spring. Which of those Stanley Cup droughts will end first?

12 Columbus Blue Jackets 

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11 Minnesota Wild 

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10 Winnipeg Jets 

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9 Nashville Predators 

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8 Florida Panthers 

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7 Ottawa Senators 

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6 San Jose Sharks 

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5 Arizona Coyotes 

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4 Washington Capitals 

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3 Vancouver Canucks 

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2 Buffalo Sabres 

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1 St. Louis Blues 

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Just like the Toronto Maple Leafs, the St. Louis Blues will have gone 48 years without winning the Stanley Cup unless the Blues pull off the feat this coming spring. Unlike with Toronto, however, older fans of the Blues cannot even remember the club ever winning a Stanley Cup championship. The Blues were mainstays in Stanley Cup Finals throughout the early years of the club's NHL existence, but St. Louis has not played in a Final since 1970. St. Louis has thus far had a solid campaign in 2015-16, so maybe this could be the year when the Blues put an end to their Stanley Cup drought.

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Top 12 NHL Teams Who Haven't Won The Stanley Cup