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11-26-2012, 05:46 PM
nik jr
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Originally Posted by kaneone View Post
Just to put a spin on this, the best FRANCHISE to never win the Cup is St. Louis, right?
buffalo has been better than STL.

buffalo: 1569-1219-409-83 --- 3630p
STL: 1544-1429-432-101 ----- 3621p

buffalo has more wins and points despite playing 3 fewer seasons.

losing seasons
buffalo: 7
STL: 18

STL made playoffs with a losing record 12 times, once with a record of 25-40-15. in '77, STL won the smythe division, despite being 7 games below .500 and -37. they also won the norris division in '87 despite a losing record and a -12 goal differential.

buffalo: 2
STL: 3

conference finals
buffalo: 6
STL: 6

STL's playoff streak and appearances in finals were based on very weak competition.

STL reached 3 finals by playing only weak expansion teams (all 6 opponents were below .500 with negative goal differentials), whereas buffalo reached 2 finals by beating montreal and chicago in '75 and ottawa and TML in '99. STL was swept in '68, '69 and '70, whereas buffalo was reasonably close in '75 and '99.

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