24. Vancouver Canucks (24)
The Vancouver Canucks have quietly been a solid team since Rick Tocchet took over behind the bench, but the hole was too deep to climb out of. Vancouver will have questions to answer this summer, and I expect them to be a bit of a wild card when play resumes next season.
23. Washington Capitals (22)
For only the fourth time in the career of Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals will not be a playoff team. I don’t believe that this is the end of the line for the Caps as contenders, but they never seemed to truly be in the mix this season.
22. St. Louis Blues (23)
Also not in the mix this season were the St. Louis Blues. I had high hopes for this team after they were surprisingly complete last season, but Jordan Binnington cannot get himself on track, and the team became a seller at the NHL Trade Deadline. It may be a long summer for the Blues.
21. Ottawa Senators (21)
Every time it looked like the Ottawa Senators were picking up some momentum, they slowed down. This season was by no means a failure in Ottawa, but the playoff drought continues. The Sens will hope to build off of this season and should be in playoff contention in 2024.