Ending the drought
There was a good post on the HFBoards today that talked about the seven teams that haven't made the postseason since the lockout. They are:
Four years is an awful long time to go without the playoffs, and a few of these teams have been waiting longer than that.
The Panthers have one postseason appearance in the past 11 years, and none since 1999-00. Phoenix has missed five seasons in a row. And Columbus has never made it.
The Blackhawks seem to be the team with the best chance of turning things around next year, but the conference remains very tight. Does anyone else foresee these teams breaking the goose egg in 2008-09?