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NHL teams chasing 1st Stanley Cup title, including Panthers

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Florida Panthers at New York Rangers
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Winning the Stanley Cup is a challenging accomplishment. No Canadian-based franchise has won the Cup since 1993, the New York Rangers have one title since 1940, the Toronto Maple Leafs last won in 1967 and the League’s most successful franchise, the Montreal Canadiens, is in the longest drought (31 years) of their illustrious history.

However, there are still 11 teams chasing their first Stanley Cup title, including the Florida Panthers, who are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season. They will face off against the Edmonton Oilers, who last hoisted the silver chalice in 1990.

One of these lengthy championship droughts will end in the next two weeks, which means the Oilers either end three decades of suffering or the Panthers take themselves off this list. Considering that Florida is the only active team pursuing their first Stanley Cup victory, here’s the rundown of those other franchises who must wait until next season for their next shot.

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11. Seattle Kraken (2021) Three Seasons

NHL: Winter Classic-Vegas Golden Knights at Seattle Kraken
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T9. Columbus Blues Jackets (2000) 24 Seasons

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames
Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

T9. Minnesota Wild (2000) 24 Seasons

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
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8. Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets (1999) 25 Seasons

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens
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7. Nashville Predators (1998) 26 Seasons

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators
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6. Florida Panthers (1993) 31 Seasons

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Florida Panthers
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5. Ottawa Senators (1992) 32 Seasons

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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4. San Jose Sharks (1991) 33 Seasons

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
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3. Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes (1979) 45 Seasons

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes
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T1. Vancouver Canucks (1970) 54 Seasons

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks
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T1. Buffalo Sabres (1970) 54 Seasons

NHL: Preseason-Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
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