NHL: Red Wings, 3 teams who won’t return to playoffs in 2015

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More than half of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League make it to the NHL playoffs. This increases the chance for most teams to be a part of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it also means that there is some considerable turnover from year to year. While it is likely that the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and the Boston Bruins will be back in the playoffs next season (anything could happen, but two out of those three are being labeled as potential dynasty teams), there will be a handful of teams that may find themselves on the outside looking in.

Whether it is due to losing core players in free agency, injuries, or simply not being able to repeat last year’s performance, teams can take a step back in one season. The 2013 playoffs were regarded as the breakout season for a New York Islanders team that was projected to be a perennial playoff contender by this point. Due to the Thomas Vanek trade being a losing venture, and losing John Tavares to injury at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the New York Islanders followed their 2013 playoff season with a dud.

Could a similar fate await teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who made it into the post-season, but made early first round exits? Or will both of these teams build upon that experience and become contenders in 2015?

Last week, Michael Collins took a look at teams that missed the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but could make the cut in 2015. In this post I will take a look at teams that made the playoffs during the 2014 season, but could miss the cut in 2015.

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  • Joshua Giovannone

    You’re Red Wings analysis ignored the fact they get their injured players back. Don’t count on them missing the playoffs.

  • yardog59

    The only reason they made it last season was because they cried their way out of the Western Conference.

    • John Bleheth

      Quite possibly the most ignorant post I have ever read. Yes, the Wings after so many years of losing, cried their way out of the conference. Had nothing to do with all the travel, or the fact the NHL promised them years ago. Do you want to know why the NHL wanted them in the west? Because they filled up those arena’s.

      • yardog59

        And yours in uninformed. Yes, the Wings spent the past 4 years losing to the Hawks. Travel? They’re 1 our by air further east than Chicago, that’s a lame excuse. They couldn’t keep their own arena filled in a playoff game they were losing with 5 minutes left in the game. Yes; they cried their way out of the West as soon as they realized their Russian dominance was over.

        • John Bleheth

          What do the Hawks have to do with this? Is that what you are basing your argument off of? I spent years watching the Wings play at 10:30 est in the playoffs. Bettman promised Illitch years ago, as soon as realignment happened they would get to go east. No point in arguing, you sound as if this is strictly about avoiding the Hawks, so it’s personal to you for some reason. Have a good night yard dog. I’m leaving work.

          • yardog59

            Just saying that the minute they stopped being a dominant force in the West they bugged out. There are always teams wanting to leave a conference, funny that the Wings got there wish at the most opportune time. That being said, my initial comment holds………if they were still in the Western Conference they wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

  • Clayton Dreyer

    This is one of the most ignorant articles I’ve ever waste my time reading. There is no way the Sharks are going to miss the playoffs. I’m a Wings fan and while I’d definitely say there’s a chance we won’t make it, with a healthy Dats/Zett, you’ll see them in for sure. And how could the Flyers miss the playoffs in the worst division in the league. At least a wild card spot. AT LEAST!

  • Ed Hogan

    This article contradicts itself, first it talks about how the wings barely made the playoffs due to all of the injuries last season, yet fails to acknowledge how much better they will be with everyone healthy. If they made it with mostly young guys they had to call up, they are going to do worse somehow with their best seasoned veterans back in the mix and now seasoned young players to call up if need be???? Something about that evaluation doesn’t add up to me. And Yardog59 the Red Wings have the longest playoff streak in any sport by far, they don’t have to cry their way out of anything. Get back to me when Chicago or any other team in the Windy city can match their record, just sayin!