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On the same night that the longest streak of consecutive NHL postseason berths was broken (Detroit Red Wings, 25 seasons), which you can read about HERE, the Edmonton Oilers snapped the longest active NHL playoff drought at 10 seasons by clinching a berth in this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Oilers (42-25-9) clinched their first playoff berth since the 2005-2006 season with a 2-1 home win against the Los Angeles Kings (35-33-7), a team that is only barely still in this season’s playoff picture.
The Carolina Hurricanes, who have not been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2008-2009 season, now have the longest active postseason drought among NHL teams (7 seasons). They are still in the hunt to qualify for the postseason this season.
The last time the Oilers were in the postseason was, oddly enough, against the Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. The Hurricanes knocked off the Oilers in Game 7 of that series by a score of 3-1 to win the series 4-3, winning their first and only Stanley Cup.