NHL Teams Most Likely to Regress in the Final Months of the Season

February 3rd, 2016 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The All-Star break has come and gone, which means the push for the playoffs now begins in earnest all around the NHL.

This year's race is a tight one, with only six teams more than five points out of a playoff spot after the conclusion of games on Feb. 2. That means plenty of fanbases still have reason for optimism; it also means a bunch of those groups will be disappointed when the regular season ends on April 10.

With an emphasis primarily on teams on the playoff bubble, here's a look at which clubs will take a step backward through the final months of the season and what that will mean for those franchises.

Teams are listed based on their current positions in the standings, starting with the lowest number of points.

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