|Pittsburgh Pirates (1925)||36||19||16||1||82||70||39||.542|
|Florida Panthers (1993)||84||33||34||17||233||233||83||.494|
|Philadelphia Flyers (1967)||74||31||32||11||173||179||73||.493|
|Los Angeles Kings (1967)||74||31||33||10||200||224||72||.486|
|St. Louis Blues (1967)||74||27||31||16||177||191||70||.473|
|Minnesota North Stars (1967)||74||27||32||15||191||226||69||.466|
|Pittsburgh Penguins (1967)||74||27||34||13||195||216||67||.453|
|Columbus Blue Jackets (2000)||82||28||39||9||190||233||71||.433|
|Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993)||84||33||46||5||229||251||71||.423|
|Minnesota Wild (2000)||82||25||39||13||168||210||68||.415|
|Atlanta Flames (1972)||78||25||38||15||191||239||65||.412|
|Buffalo Sabers (1970)||78||24||39||15||217||291||63||.404|
|Nashville Predators (1998)||82||28||47||7||190||261||63||.384|
|Vancouver Canucks (1970)||78||24||46||8||229||296||56||.359|
|Montreal Maroons (1924)||30||9||19||2||45||65||20||.333|
|California Seals (1967)||74||15||42||17||153||219||47||.318|
|Tampa Bay Lightning (1992)||84||23||54||7||245||332||53||.315|
|Atlanta Thrashers (1999)||82||14||61||7||170||313||39||.283|
|Kansas City Scouts (1974)||80||15||54||11||184||328||41||.256|
|San Jose Sharks (1991)||80||17||58||5||219||359||39||.234|
|Boston Bruins (1924)||30||6||24||0||49||119||12||.200|
|NY Islanders (1972)||78||12||60||6||170||347||30||.192|
|Ottawa Senators (1992)||84||10||70||4||202||394||24||.143|
|Washington Capitals (1974)||80||8||67||5||181||446||21||.131|
It's hard to say who was the best. It might depend on how you define "best". The Islanders won only 12 games in '72, but six years later they lead the league in wins and captured their first of four straight Cups the following season.
Longevity might be another word for success. The Boston Bruins have entertained fans for over seven decades, while the Scouts managed only two season in KC before moving to Denver.
Drawing comparisons between years can be difficult. Is it fair to compare the '67 North Stars, who faced a co-expansion team 4 out of 5 games with the Atlanta Flames of '72 who played a balanced schedule mixed with established clubs? And, most agree that the talent pool available to the '67 teams was the richest ever.
|Seasons||Location||Team New||Team Old|
|48||Ottawa||Senators '92||Senators '34|
|37||Pittsburgh||Penguins '67||Pirates '30|
|36||Philadelphia||Flyers '67||Quakers '31|
|32||St. Louis||Blues '67||Eagles '35|
|30||New York||Islanders '72||Americans '42|
|19||Atlanta||Thrashers '99||Flames '72|
|15||San Jose||Sharks '91||Golden Seals '76|
|7||Minnesota||Wild '00||North Stars '93|
With a lineup made up largely of previous year amateurs, the 1925
Pittsburgh Pirates qualify as an expansion team in every sense of the
word. They stand as the only first year franchise to compete in post
season play. In the modern age, Florida came within a inch of making
the cut in 1994.
The '74 Washington Capitals surrendered the most goals in NHL history with 446 against.
Four franchises presently make their home in venues different from their city of origin. They are Atlanta, KC, Oakland and Minnesota.
Of the franchises that have stayed put only Boston, Philadelphia and New York have went on to win Stanly Cups.
The Montreal Maroons won the Stanley Cup in their second season. Florida reached the Cup Finals in their third season.
The '92 Ottawa Senators hold the record for the longest road winless streak at 38 games.