NHL Teams Most Likely to Regress in the 2016-17 Season

September 10th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
We are reaching the point where fans begin to talk about their team's playoff chances based on changes, and it is a very difficult discussion. Most of us see the preseason predictions come off the rails by Halloween, but there are some indicators that suggest a few teams are likely headed south in 2016-17.

Major losses via free agency or an infusion of youth at an important position—the Dallas Stars' defense is a current example—mean difficult decisions, tough starts and a season spent chasing the top teams in the division.

Predicting the teams that will take a step backward is a difficult task, and many teams that regress will still make the playoffs. It happens every year as coaching staffs and management teams struggle to rebuild particular areas of rosters on the fly. Here are six teams likely to regress this season.

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