Apr 5, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) celebrates with goalie Martin Brodeur (30) after the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Devils won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
20: Ottawa Senators 36-31-14: The Senators failed to meet expectations this season and now the rumors are starting to fly. Could the Senators trade Jason Spezza? He is entering the final year of his contract. Craig Anderson struggled this season and needs to bounce back next season.
19: New Jersey Devils 34-29-18: The Devils are giving their Legendary goalie Martin Brodeur the final start of the regular season. Broduer is at the twilight of this career and has a choice to make this offseason. Another hockey legend Jaromir Jagr will play in his last NHL game. The Devils need to start rebuilding for the future.
18. Washington Capitals 38-30-13: The Capitals might have endured their most disappointing season during Ted Leonsis tenure as owner. This season has brought the futures of General Manager George McPhee, team President Dick Patrick and Coach Adam Oates. The shroud of controversy also fell on Alex Ovechkin. Alex Ovechkin scored a NHL high 50 goals this season but also is a -35 on the season. Ovi said “My job to score goals; that’s why I get paid”. Questions facing the Caps, Can Ovi win in the NHL? Can they play defense and decide on goalie?
17. Phoenix Coyotes 36-30-15: Phoenix Coyotes has a chance to make the playoffs. They needed to play well down the stretch. Instead they had a six game losing streak and then finished the season losing their last two games. Looking to the Coyotes offseason, they have several unrestricted free agents. There free agents include Radim Vrbata, David Moss, Paul Bissonnette, Jeff Halpern, Derek Morris, Chris Summers, and Thomas Greiss.
16. The Dallas Stars 40-30-11: The Dallas Stars punched their ticket to the NHL playoffs on April 11th. It will be their first playoff appearance in five years. One of the big reasons for their playoff appearance is Tyler Seguin. Seguin on the season has 37 goals and 47 assists on the season. The Stars will take on the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Stars were 2-1 against the Ducks this season.