New York Rangers Playoff History: Every Year, Including Top Stats and More

The New York Rangers are an incredibly storied franchise, officially joining the NHL in 1926, they have made the playoffs 62 times. Explore the New York Rangers Playoff History below:

  • 62 NHL Playoff appearances
  • 7 Divisional Championships
  • 4 Stanley Cups, starting in 1928, followed by 1933, 1940, and most recently, 1994.
  • They’ve made the playoffs two years in a row recently, including 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • The Rangers last made the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, and have appeared in the Final 11 times.

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New York Rangers Playoff Stats

Stat #1: In their 96 seasons and from their 62 NHL Playoff appearances, the New York Rangers have amassed a 55-57 record across 112 games, good for a .491% winning percentage.

Stat #2: They’ve also won 11 Game 7s in their history, behind only the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronto Maple Leafs. They are an impressive 8-1 in those Game 7s at home.

NY Rangers Playoff History

Here are all 62 times the New York Rangers have made the playoffs, including their regular season record, and the result:

2000s

  • 2023: 47-22-13, Lost First Round 
  • 2022: 52-24-6, Lost Conference Finals
  • 2021: 27-23-6, Missed Playoffs
  • 2020: 37-28-5, Lost Qualifying Round
  • 2019: 32-36-14, Missed Playoffs
  • 2018: 34-39-9, Missed Playoffs
  • 2017: 48-28-6, Lost Conference Semi-Finals
  • 2016: 46-27-9, Lost First Round 
  • 2015: 53-22-7, Lost Conference Finals
  • 2014: 45-31-6, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 2013: 26-18-4, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 2012: 51-24-7, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 2011: 44-33-5, Lost First Round 
  • 2010: 38-33-11, Missed Playoffs
  • 2009: 43-30-9, Lost First Round
  • 2008: 42-27-13, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 2007: 42-30-10, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 2006: 44-26-12, Lost First Round 
  • 2004: 27-40-7-8, Missed Playoffs
  • 2003: 32-36-10-4, Missed Playoffs
  • 2002: 36-38-4-4, Missed Playoffs
  • 2001: 33-43-5-1, Missed Playoffs
  • 2000: 29-38-12-3, Missed Playoffs

1980-1999

  • 1999: 33-38-11, Missed Playoffs
  • 1998: 25-39-18, Missed Playoffs
  • 1997: 38-34-10, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1996: 41-27-14, Lost Conference Semi-Finals
  • 1995: 22-23-3, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1994: 52-24-8, Won Stanley Cup  
  • 1993: 34-39-11, Missed Playoffs
  • 1992: 50-25-5, Lost Conference Semi-Finals
  • 1991: 36-31-13, Lost First Round
  • 1990: 36-31-13, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1989: 37-35-8, Lost First Round
  • 1988: 36-34-10, Missed Playoffs
  • 1987: 34-38-8, Lost First Round
  • 1986: 36-38-6, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1985: 26-44-10, Lost First Round 
  • 1984: 42-29-9, Lost First Round 
  • 1983: 35-35-10, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1982: 39-27-14, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1981: 30-36-14, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1980: 38-32-10, Lost Conference Semi-Finals

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1960-1979

  • 1979: 40-29-11, Lost Stanley Cup Final
  • 1978: 30-37-13, Lost First Round 
  • 1977: 29-37-14, Missed Playoffs
  • 1976: 29-42-9, Missed Playoffs
  • 1975: 37-29-14, Lost First Round
  • 1974: 40-24-14, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1973: 47-23-8, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1972: 48-17-13, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 1971: 49-18-11, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1970: 38-22-16, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1969: 41-26-9, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1968: 39-23-12, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1967: 30-28-12, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1966: 18-41-11, Missed Playoffs
  • 1965: 20-38-12, Missed Playoffs
  • 1964: 22-38-10, Missed Playoffs
  • 1963: 22-36-12, Missed Playoffs
  • 1962: 26-32-12, Lost Conference Finals
  • 1961: 22-38-10, Missed Playoffs
  • 1960: 17-38-15, Missed Playoffs

1940-1959

  • 1959: 26-32-12, Missed Playoffs
  • 1958: 32-25-13, Lost Conference Finals
  • 1957: 26-30-14, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1956: 32-28-10, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1955: 17-35-18, Missed Playoffs
  • 1954: 29-31-10, Missed Playoffs
  • 1953: 17-37-16, Missed Playoffs
  • 1952: 23-34-13, Missed Playoffs
  • 1951: 20-29-21, Missed Playoffs
  • 1950: 28-31-11, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 1949: 18-31-11, Missed Playoffs
  • 1948: 21-26-13, Lost Conference Finals
  • 1947: 22-32-6, Missed Playoffs
  • 1946 13-28-9, Missed Playoffs
  • 1945: 11-29-10, Missed Playoffs
  • 1944: 6-39-5, Missed Playoffs
  • 1943: 11-31-8, Missed Playoffs
  • 1942: 29-17-2, Lost Conference Finals
  • 1941: 21-19-8, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1940: 27-11-10, Won Stanley Cup

1927-1939

  • 1939: 26-16-6, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1938: 27-15-6, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1937: 19-20-9, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 1936: 19-17-12, Missed Playoffs
  • 1935: 22-20-6, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1934: 21-19-8, Lost Conference Semi-Finals 
  • 1933: 23-17-8, Won Stanley Cup
  • 1932: 23-17-8, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 1931: 19-16-9, Lost Conference Finals
  • 1930: 17-17-10, Lost Conference Finals 
  • 1929: 21-13-10, Lost Stanley Cup Final 
  • 1928: 19-16-9, Won Stanley Cup 
  • 1927: 25-13-6, Lost Conference Finals 

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New York Rangers vs Playoff History 

Out of their 112 playoff games, the New York Rangers have played 73 against the Montreal Canadiens, which is the most playoff games in which they’ve played against any single opponent. The Rangers and Canadiens first played each other in 1930. The Rangers currently trail in the all-time series with a 33-38-2 record.

New York Rangers Playoff History - Madison Square Garden
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vs ORIGINAL 6

  • vs. Montreal, 33-38-2
  • vs. Toronto, 19-16
  • vs. Boston, 19-26-2
  • vs. Detroit, 10-13
  • vs. Chicago, 10-14

Highest Winning Percentage (1926-2023)

  • Winnipeg Jets, 4-0 W4, 100% +11
  • Florida Panthers, 4-1 W4, 80% +3
  • Calgary Flames, 3-1 W1, 75% +6
  • Colorado Avalanche, 4-2 W1, 66.7% +6
  • St. Louis Blues, 4-2 W1, 66.7% +7
  • Vancouver Canucks, 4-3 W1, 57.1% +2
  • Los Angeles Kings, 6-5 L1, 54.5% +13
  • Toronto Maple Leafs, 19-16 W3, 54.3% 0
  • New Jersey Devils, 21-20 L1, 51.2% +3
  • Washington Capitals, 27-28 W3, 49.1% -10
  • New York Islanders, 19-20 W6, 48.7% +3
  • Montreal Canadiens, 33-38-2 W3, 46.6% -22
  • Ottawa Senators, 6-7 L2, 46.2% +2
  • Philadelphia Flyers, 24-30 W1, 44.4% -1
  • Detroit Red Wings, 10-13 L2, 43.5% -8
  • Boston Bruins, 19-26-2 L1, 42.6% -16
  • Chicago Blackhawks, 10-14 L4, 41.7% -12
  • Carolina Hurricanes, 4-6 W2, 40% 0
  • Pittsburgh Penguins, 17-27 W3, 38.6% -30
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-8 L4, 38.5% -2
  • Buffalo Sabres, 3-6 L2, 33.3% -9

Interestingly, the Rangers have never played in the playoffs against the:

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Dallas Stars
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • Seattle Kraken (unsurprising)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (unsurprising)

The majority of these are Western Conference teams, and all have joined the league post-1979 (and many in the last 2 years).

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All-Time Stanley Cups

  1. Montreal Canadiens – 23
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs – 13
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 11
  4. Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks – 6
  5. Edmonton Oilers*, Pittsburgh Penguins – 5
  6. New York Rangers, New York Islanders* – 4
  7. Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning – 3

The New York Rangers tie with the New York Islanders as having won 4 Stanley Cups. Which is joint 6th highest in the NHL.

*Denotes non-Original 6 Team

Conclusion

While the Rangers are a team with a deep, rich history as an Original Six team (and a large revenue driver for the NHL), it hasn’t come with as much playoff success as fans would like. 

In fact, the Rangers have been passed in Stanley Cup numbers by 3 franchises that joined in the 60s and 70s. All 3 teams had dynasties of their own, while the Rangers have never put together consecutive years of Stanley Cup wins, even in the Original 6 era. 3 of the Rangers’ four Stanley Cups came between 1928 and 1940, which could be seen as a somewhat dynasty. However, there hasn’t been any sustained success since 1940, as the Rangers have only made the Stanley Cup Final 11 times in their 96 years – and won only 4 of them.

The last 10 years have been kinder to the New York Rangers, as they have made the playoffs 7 out of the last 10 years, and won 8 series. They’ve made it as far as the Stanley Cup Final once, Conference Finals twice, Conference Semi-Finals once, and have lost in the first round three times during that span.

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With the recent firing of Head Coach Gerrard Gallant, Rangers fans are clamoring for championships while their team boasts names like Artemi Panarin, Adam Fox, and Igor Shesterkin. The team has a great mix of veterans like Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and team captain Jacob Trobuba, along with young players on the rise like Kappo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, and Braeden Schneider. They certainly can continue to compete for their fifth Stanley Cup for a long time.

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