The Vancouver Canucks have been in the NHL since 1970 and have yet to win the Stanley Cup. They've come close a twice but have delivered only heartbreak each time -- not to mention a riot in downtown Vancouver when they lost the final game by one point in 1994.
Could this year be the year? Maybe. Right now, they're number one in the league by a comfortable margin, 99 points compared to Philadelphia's 91:
Anything could happen in the playoffs, of course.
Things are not quite so rosy for most of the other teams in the Western Conference. Only the top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs and, tonight, there are only three points separating 4th place and 10th:
At this point, I guess the most exciting race in the NHL is to see who does and doesn't make the playoffs in the West.
Screen shots are from http://tsn.ca/nhl/standings/