The Los Angeles Kings satisfied themselves and their fans when they roared through the playoffs last spring and raised the Stanley Cup after beating the New Jersey Devils in the Finals.
While head coach Darryl Sutter would love nothing more than to win the Stanley Cup again this season, it would not be the end of the world for the Kings if they didn't do it.
The Kings got their satisfaction last year, just as the Boston Bruins did the year before. The Bruins lost in the first round last spring to the Washington Capitals. While that loss hurt head coach Claude Julien and captain Zdeno Chara, it did not appear to be the end of the world.
This year, there are several teams that must make significant progress during the truncated 2013 season.
Here's a look at seven teams who are in the middle of make-or-break seasons in 2013.