Just a Bit More Perspective on Winning and Losing Streaks

Since the NHL expanded to 12 teams in 1967-68, thirty-one franchises have played 908 total seasons. If you had to guess, what percentage of those seasons do you think included a 10-game stretch like the Leafs just had, with only one win in regulation? Would you believe 541, or 60%? And how many teams had a 13-game stretch, like the Colorado Avalanche, where they only lost one game or less in regulation? Still a very high 32%. And the number of seasons in which a team did both?! 10.5%.

That seems amazing to me - 1 out of every 10 teams has a stretch that's as bad as the Leafs just had and as good as the Avs just had - in the same season! Even more amazing - six of the last sixteen Stanley Cup winners had both stretches during their championship season.

After the jump, the number of seasons in which each team lost just once in 13 games or won just once in 10 games...

Here are the number of seasons each NHL franchise had a 10-game stretch with one win or less since 1967-68:

Team Bad Seasons Total Seasons Pct
CGS 10 11 91
ATL 8 9 89
LAK 36 41 88
CBJ 7 8 88
TBL 14 16 88
PHX 23 29 79
VAN 30 38 79
SJS 13 17 76
MIN 6 8 75
ANA 11 15 73
FLA 11 15 73
PIT 29 41 71
NJD 24 34 71
WSH 23 34 68
CAR 19 29 66
TOR 25 41 61
DAL 24 41 59
NYR 24 41 59
EDM 16 29 55
CHI 22 41 54
DET 22 41 54
CGY 19 36 53
NYI 19 36 53
PHI 21 41 51
STL 21 41 51
NSH 5 10 50
OTT 8 16 50
COL 11 29 38
BUF 14 38 37
BOS 14 41 34
MTL 12 41 29

The Leafs are right in the middle in terms of fan suffering. Folding the California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons was probably a good idea.

And on the positive side:

Team Good Seasons Total Seasons Pct
MTL 25 41 61
OTT 9 16 56
PHI 22 41 54
BOS 20 41 49
EDM 14 29 48
CGY 17 36 47
BUF 16 38 42
NYR 17 41 41
DET 17 41 41
COL 12 29 41
CHI 14 41 34
NJD 11 34 32
WSH 10 34 29
NYI 10 36 28
PIT 11 41 27
STL 11 41 27
DAL 10 41 24
SJS 4 17 24
PHX 6 29 21
ANA 3 15 20
FLA 3 15 20
TBL 3 16 19
LAK 7 41 17
TOR 7 41 17
VAN 6 38 16
MIN 1 8 13
CAR 3 29 10
NSH 1 10 10
CGS 0 11 0
ATL 0 9 0
CBJ 0 8 0

It certainly has been nice to be a Montreal Canadiens fan these last 41 years...

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