Which NHL team has the longest losing streak to start a season?

The 2023-24 San Jose Sharks, the 2021-22 Arizona Coyotes, the 2017-18 Arizona Coyotes and the 1943-44 New York Rangers share the NHL record for the longest losing streak within the same season at 11 straight games.

Which NHL team started the season with longest losing streak, but still made the playoffs?

The 1938-39 Montreal Canadiens and the 1983-84 Washington Capitals both lost 7 straight games to start the season, but still made the NHL Playoffs.

Which NHL team started the season with longest losing streak, but still won the Stanley Cup?

The 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup despite having a 3 game losing streak to start the season.

Longest Losing Streaks To Start An NHL Season

Team Year Losing Streak Avg Margin of Defeat
1 San Jose Sharks 2024 11 3.9 goals
Arizona Coyotes 2022 11 2.8 goals
Arizona Coyotes 2018 11 2.0 goals
New York Rangers 1944 11 3.1 goals
5 Chicago Blackhawks 2022 9 2.2 goals
Pittsburgh Penguins 2006 9 1.9 goals
Atlanta Thrashers 2003 9 1.7 goals
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 2016 8 2.8 goals
Carolina Hurricanes 2015 8 2.2 goals
Columbus Blue Jackets 2012 8 1.5 goals
Toronto Maple Leafs 2010 8 2.5 goals
12 Vancouver Canucks 2023 7 1.7 goals
Detroit Red Wings 2019 7 2.6 goals
New Jersey Devils 2014 7 1.9 goals
Buffalo Sabres 2014 7 1.6 goals
Chicago Blackhawks 1998 7 2.9 goals
Washington Capitals 1984 7 2.4 goals
Chicago Black Hawks 1948 7 2.1 goals
Montreal Canadiens 1939 7 2.6 goals
20 New Jersey Devils 2020 6 2.7 goals
New York Islanders 2010 6 1.7 goals
Philadelphia Flyers 2009 6 1.5 goals
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 6 3.0 goals
Washington Capitals 1994 6 3.2 goals
Minnesota North Stars 1978 6 3.0 goals
St. Louis Blues 1978 6 3.0 goals
Chicago Black Hawks 1968 6 3.2 goals
New York Americans  1940 6 1.5 goals
29 San Jose Sharks 2023 5 2.2 goals
Montreal Canadiens 2022 5 3.0 goals
Buffalo Sabres 2018 5 2.2 goals
Edmonton Oilers 2015 5 2.8 goals
Tampa Bay Lightning 2009 5 1.0 goals
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2004 5 2.2 goals
Montreal Canadiens 1996 5 3.6 goals
Hartford Whalers 1988 5 3.4 goals
Detroit Red Wings 1981 5 3.0 goals
Washington Capitals 1976 5 2.2 goals
Kansas City Scouts 1975 5 2.8 goals
California Golden Seals  1971 5 3.2 goals
Chicago Black Hawks 1970 5 3.0 goals
Chicago Black Hawks 1949 5 4.4 goals
Pittsburgh Pirates  1928 5 2.8 goals
44 Seattle Kraken 2024 4 2.5 goals
Chicago Blackhawks 2021 4 2.8 goals
Minnesota Wild 2020 4 2.8 goals
San Jose Sharks 2020 4 3.0 goals
Florida Panthers 2019 4 1.0 goals
Anaheim Ducks 2017 4 1.2 goals
Anaheim Ducks 2016 4 2.5 goals
New Jersey Devils 2016 4 1.8 goals
Edmonton Oilers 2016 4 2.0 goals
Philadelphia Flyers 2015 4 1.2 goals
Washington Capitals 2013 4 2.2 goals
Anaheim Ducks 2009 4 2.2 goals
Carolina Hurricanes 2007 4 2.8 goals
Nashville Predators 2003 4 1.0 goals
New Jersey Devils 2002 4 2.5 goals
Pittsburgh Penguins 2002 4 2.5 goals
Colorado Avalanche 1999 4 2.5 goals
New York Rangers 1999 4 2.5 goals
Edmonton Oilers 1996 4 4.8 goals
San Jose Sharks 1994 4 2.2 goals
Hartford Whalers 1993 4 3.0 goals
Toronto Maple Leafs 1991 4 3.2 goals
Minnesota North Stars 1989 4 2.5 goals
St. Louis Blues 1988 4 2.8 goals
Pittsburgh Penguins 1984 4 3.5 goals
Colorado Rockies 1979 4 4.5 goals
Atlanta Flames 1976 4 1.5 goals
Detroit Red Wings 1974 4 3.0 goals
Detroit Red Wings 1967 4 2.8 goals
Boston Bruins 1965 4 3.5 goals
New York Rangers 1960 4 2.0 goals
New York Rangers 1953 4 1.8 goals
New York Rangers 1945 4 4.0 goals
Boston Bruins 1943 4 2.5 goals
Detroit Red Wings 1939 4 1.8 goals
Montreal Canadiens 1935 4 1.8 goals
Montreal Maroons  1931 4 3.0 goals
Chicago Black Hawks 1929 4 1.8 goals
Hamilton Tigers  1924 4 1.8 goals
Montreal Canadiens 1921 4 4.0 goals

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