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04-18-2014, 07:54 PM
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Longest Length of Time between Playoff Series

The idea for this came from the Shortest Lists thread. I had posted that I thought the NYI and NJD had never met in a playoff series. In fact they did in 1988, for I believe the only time in their history. Pretty unusual for two teams that have played in the same division for nearly 30 years. Also tonight, TSN announced that the Bruins and Wings have not met in a playoff series since 1957. Not that unusual since they have not been in the same division or conference for 35 years or so. Any others to mention?

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The Rangers and Leafs haven't met in the playoffs since 1971.

The Hawks and Bruins didn't meet from 1975 to 2013.

The Hawks and Rangers haven't met since 1972.

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Flyers and Bruins went from 1978 to 2010 between playoff series. Different divisions, yes, but both teams have almost always made the playoffs. Both teams went to the finals twice between 1985 and 1990 without meeting in a conference final. Bruins had a similar stretch with the Rangers, too.

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Rangers and Red Wings (since 1950) will be the longest length of time between playoffs series if the two teams meet in the playoffs.

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Flyers and Bruins went from 1978 to 2010 between playoff series. Different divisions, yes, but both teams have almost always made the playoffs. Both teams went to the finals twice between 1985 and 1990 without meeting in a conference final. Bruins had a similar stretch with the Rangers, too.
I always found the Flyers and Bruins long gap between meetings intriguing as well, for the reasons you mention. It turns out they were in the same round of the playoffs on 14 different occasions where a match-up was possible, but managed to avoid each other every time between 1979 and 2009.

The Kings and Coyotes/Jets went 32 years before their first meeting, despite playing the same division almost the entire time. There were 11 opportunities where they could have matched up during that span.

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I was surprised than San Jose and LA met only two times. First time in 2011, then last year.

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Leafs and Habs haven't met since 72, I think it was. Closest was 93, Leafs were one goal away from facing Habs in the Finals. Leafs were in the other Conference until 97 though.

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Leafs and Habs haven't met since 72, I think it was. Closest was 93, Leafs were one goal away from facing Habs in the Finals. Leafs were in the other Conference until 97 though.
Habs swept the Laffs 4-0 in the 3rd round in '78 and swept them again in the second round the following year out scoring them 35-16 over those 8 games.

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Rangers and Islanders have a great all-time rivalry but haven't met in the playoffs since 1994.

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The most interesting one's are the teams that have for the most part stayed in the same conference and never, or rarely met.

Islanders and Devils have been in the same division and conference since 1982. They've met once in 32 years (1988). Probably factors into the lack of animosity between the franchises.

Devils have also played the Sabres only once despite 32 years in the same conference

Flames and Oilers are working on 23 years without a true Battle of Alberta

Canucks haven't played the Oilers in the playoffs in 28 years


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I was surprised than San Jose and LA met only two times. First time in 2011, then last year.
Not so strange. First SJ sucked during the nineties, then LA for many years partially after that.

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Flyers and Islanders last met in 1987.

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The most interesting one's are the teams that have for the most part stayed in the same conference and never, or rarely met.

Islanders and Devils have been in the same division and conference since 1982. They've met once in 32 years (1988). Probably factors into the lack of animosity between the franchises.

Devils have also played the Sabres only once despite 32 years in the same conference

Flames and Oilers are working on 23 years without a true Battle of Alberta

Canucks haven't played the Oilers in the playoffs in 28 years
The canucks lost to the oilers in the playoffs in 1992 playoffs, which is only 22 years ago.

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The most interesting one's are the teams that have for the most part stayed in the same conference and never, or rarely met.

Islanders and Devils have been in the same division and conference since 1982. They've met once in 32 years (1988). Probably factors into the lack of animosity between the franchises.

Devils have also played the Sabres only once despite 32 years in the same conference

Flames and Oilers are working on 23 years without a true Battle of Alberta

Canucks haven't played the Oilers in the playoffs in 28 years
And here's an amazing (and disappointing for Alberta hockey fans) stat:

Since their last playoff meeting in 1991, the Oilers and Flames have only both made the playoffs in the same year once. That year was 2006. Interestingly they would have met in Round 2 that year had the Flames not lost Game 7 at home against Anaheim.

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And here's an amazing (and disappointing for Alberta hockey fans) stat:

Since their last playoff meeting in 1991, the Oilers and Flames have only both made the playoffs in the same year once. That year was 2006. Interestingly they would have met in Round 2 that year had the Flames not lost Game 7 at home against Anaheim.
I remember watching every game of that series in 91. Such a great series. Tikkanen was unreal in game 7. Who'd have thought that would be the last time we'd have seen them play?

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I remember watching every game of that series in 91. Such a great series. Tikkanen was unreal in game 7. Who'd have thought that would be the last time we'd have seen them play?
One of the best Game 7s of all time. Strangely seems to get little mention though when great games from the time period are re-hashed. Tikkanen's performance was legendary. The Oilers fall behind 3-0, call a time out in which Tikkanen (in broken English, likely) rips into them on the bench, and he proceeds to go out and score a hat trick to win the game for Edmonton.

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