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Will the Kings End the 43-Year Drought?

By May 18, 2012

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Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings in 1998

They are, without doubt, the dominant team of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

For now, at least, the Los Angeles Kings look unstoppable.

Their playoff pace has been spectacular: an 11-1 record, with seven straight road wins. L.A. could turn out to be the most dominant team in recent Stanley Cup memory.

Which would be a fine way to end the NHL's longest championship drought.

In actual fact, it's a tie between the Kings and St. Louis Blues. Both entered the NHL in 1967, and neither has ever lifted the grand old mug.

(The Toronto Maple Leafs last won it in '67. So that makes it a three-way tied for the longest dry spell. But at least Leafs fans have a long list of Stanley Cups to look back on.)

Here's the rest of the list:

The Longest Stanley Cup Droughts: A list of current NHL teams that have never won a Stanley Cup, and how long they've been trying.

See also:
The Stanley Cup History Page: Includes the complete list of champions, longest overtime games, unlikely heroes, MVPs, and more.

Photo: Like many before and since, Luc Robitaiile had to escape L.A. to win a Stanley Cup (Elsa Hasch/Allsport/Getty Images).


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