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They Could Miss The Playoffs

from Joey Alfieri of NBCSports,

It happens every year. Teams that make the playoffs one season, don’t make it the following season. Five teams that made the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs failed to qualify for the postseason in 2019. So, who might those five teams be in 2020?

The five teams that made the playoffs in 2018 that didn’t make them in 2019 are the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings....

St. Louis Blues: I don’t want to sleep on the Stanley Cup Champions, but the reality is that they were in last place in early January, got hot, and won the cup. They can’t be dismissed, but Stanley Cup hangovers are a real thing. Also, can Jordan Binnington pick up where he left off in the Stanley Cup Final? They haven’t lost any big pieces but they haven’t added much either.

four more teams...

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Primis's avatar

PIT is a fair candidate.  They won Cups in 2016 and 2017, and they now look like the window has abruptly closed, just like that.  That’s what happens when you make Win Now moves, there’s always the price to pay on the other end.  Just ask Chicago…

Posted by Primis on 07/08/19 at 12:39 PM ET

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I think it’s a little short-sighted to just think of the Blues as a team that got hot. They clawed their way out of the literal basement of the league and sustained their play for the last four months of the regular season and then a grueling playoff run in which they played 26 games (of a potential 28). This team, to me, resembles the 2012 LA Kings more than anything else.

I wouldn’t put money on them to repeat, but I also definitely wouldn’t put money on them to miss the playoffs altogether.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/08/19 at 01:06 PM ET

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PIT is a fair candidate.  They won Cups in 2016 and 2017, and they now look like the window has abruptly closed, just like that.  That’s what happens when you make Win Now moves, there’s always the price to pay on the other end.  Just ask Chicago…

Hope your right about Pittsburgh. Bettman’s other favorite team jumped from drafting 12th to 3rd this year. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 07/08/19 at 10:05 PM ET

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Pittsburgh might go as far as Murray can take them if he stays healthy.

They’ve gotten younger and perhaps a bit more balanced,
but the bottom half of their D corps looks rough.

Interesting team to watch since Rutherford is so active.

The goaltending in Columbus is a total wildcard.

And will they trade quality depth in D for an impactful forward?

They could have made use of some of their cap room to gain assets but seemed to scoff at the idea of spending 3.8 M like Carolina did to gain a first round pick.
Looked like a clever move to me, but the owner’s gotta say yes.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/09/19 at 04:28 PM ET

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