The Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars all stand to miss the playoffs by fewer than five points. That means a single bad break in just one four-point game could be the only reason each ends up on the outside looking in next week. Looking at the 58 teams that have been squeezed out of the postseason in the past 25 years by a similar margin, are there any common, avoidable traits they share? And what ultimately happens to these teams in the future?
Hockey Prospectus analyzed what happened to the 58 NHL teams that missed the playoffs by the slimmest of margins over the past 25 years. The consensus seems to be these teams are dangerous the next season. And often with a new coach.