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Can Red Wings extend playoff series win streak?

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The National Hockey League playoffs begin with three of the eight first-round series dropping the puck tonight. The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to extend their current streak of winning at least one playoff series to six. They are, however, as the #5 seed, the underdog in their series against fourth-seeded Nashville.

Following is a look at how many seasons each NHL team has won at least one playoff series in the past 25 years (since 1986).

Seasons with one playoff series win (1986-2011), Teams

16: Detroit

13: Montreal

12: Pittsburgh

11: Philadelphia, St. Louis

10: Boston, Colorado, San Jose

9: Edmonton, New Jersey, N.Y. Rangers, Toronto, Vancouver

8: Dallas, Washington

7: Buffalo, Chicago

5: Anaheim, Los Angeles, Ottawa

4: Calgary, Carolina

3: Tampa Bay

2: N.Y Islanders

1: Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix

0: Columbus, Winnipeg

Note: Of the teams that have won a playoff series in the last 25 years, three franchises – Florida, the N.Y. Islanders and Phoenix – have not won a playoff series this century. Florida last won a playoff series in 1996; the Isles last won a series in 1993; and the Phoenix franchise last won a playoff series in 1987.

Did you know? Detroit and San Jose have each won a playoff series in eight years in this century. They are followed by Colorado and Philadelphia (six each) and the N.J. Devils, Pittsburgh and Vancouver (five each).

Not only does Detroit lead the NHL with five straight seasons with at least one playoff series win, but it also leads all of professional sports in that same category. Here are the major sports teams that have a current streak of winning at least one playoff series (or game, in the case of the NFL) in three straight seasons (or more).

Current streak of winning at least one playoff series, Team

5: Detroit Red Wings

4: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Baltimore Ravens

3: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks

Note: The Texas Rangers were the only MLB team to have won a playoff series in both 2010 and 2011.

California: The professional sports title capital (state) of the world!

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The Super Bowl victory of the New York Giants gave the state of New York their 21st professional sports title (Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL) since 1966. Those 21 titles, however, is second to the state of California, which has 29 titles.

Following are the states which have the most professional sports titles in the four major sports since 1966 (1966 was chosen due to the start of the Super Bowl).

BA=Baseball (MLB)…FB=Football (NFL)…BK=Basketball (NBA)…H=Hockey (NHL)

STATE                         BA…FB…BK…H…TOTAL

California                         8…….8……12…..1……..29

New York                         9…….5…….2……5……..21

Massachusetts                2…….3…….9……3……..17

Pennsylvania                  4…….6…….2……5……..17

Texas                                0…….5…….7……1………13

Illinois                              1…….1…….6…….1………9

Michigan                         2…….0…….3……4………9

Florida                             2…….3…….1…….1……….7

Missouri                          5…….2…….0……0……….7

Maryland                        3…….2…….0……0……….5

Wisconsin                      0…….4……..1……0……….5

Also: Colorado (4), District of Columbia (4), Ohio (3), New Jersey (3), Minnesota (2), Arizona (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1), Washington (1), Oregon (1).

Note: Canada has 20 professional sports titles… two World Series wins by the Toronto Blue Jays and 18 NHL titles.

Did you know? Looking at the most professional sports titles since the start of the 21st century, California still holds the lead with 8. Second place, however, goes to Massachusetts with seven.

“Long time no see” in the postseason

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A few weeks ago (specifically July 20) I posted an item that looked at the professional sports franchises that have the longest streaks of winning seasons. Today we look at the other end of the spectrum: those franchises that have the longest drought when it comes to playoff appearances.

Every city that has a professional sports franchise in the four major sports leagues each year looks for their team to perform well and hopefully bring home a championship. For many teams, failure to make a postseason appearance is a major disappointment.

Each season 52 teams (eight in major league baseball, 12 in the NFL, 16 in the NBA and 16 in the NHL) make the playoffs. There are several teams, however, that have not seen the playoffs in this century, and a couple of teams that have not made the postseason in over 20 years.

Following are the five teams in each of the four major professional sports leagues that have the most numbers of years since their last postseason appearance.

Major League Baseball                                         Last postseason appearance

Washington Nationals (Montreal)                                               1981

Kansas City Royals                                                                           1985

Pittsburgh Pirates                                                                            1992

Toronto Blue Jays                                                                           1993

Baltimore Orioles                                                                            1997

(WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR A TRIVIA QUESTION: What current American League manager was the skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992, their last trip to the postseason? Answer at end of this posting.)

National Football League                                    Last Postseason appearance

Buffalo Bills                                                                                       1999

Detroit Lions                                                                                     1999

Cleveland Browns                                                                            2002

San Francisco 49ers                                                                        2002

Houston Texans                                                                               *****

(***** Have never been in the playoffs; came in to the league in 2002)

National Basketball Association                         Last postseason appearance

Minnestoa Timberwolves                                                              2004

Los Angeles Clippers                                                                      2006

Sacramento Kings                                                                           2006

Golden State Warriors                                                                   2007

New Jersey Nets                                                                              2007

National Hockey League                                      Last postseason appearance

Florida Panthers                                                                             2000

Toronto Maple Leafs                                                                     2004

Edmonton Oilers                                                                            2006

New York Islanders                                                                       2007

Winnipeg Jets                                                                                 2007

* Did you know? Seventy of the 122 professional sports teams in the four major sports have made it to the playoffs in one or both of the last two seasons.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Current Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was the manager of the 1992 Pirates.