5 NHL Teams It's Not Too Early to Count Out of the Playoff Picture

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5 NHL Teams It's Not Too Early to Count Out of the Playoff Picture
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The Sabres' slow start means that they are not going to be postseason competitors.

No teams have been mathematically eliminated from the 2013 NHL playoff race yet.

Teams have overcome poor starts in the past and they may do it again, but we see five teams that should be counted out as far as the postseason is concerned.

It's not that these teams have so far to climb that they couldn't make it to the top eight in the Eastern or Western Conferences. It's that they have too many problems and issues to make the turnarounds that would be necessary for them to reach the postseason.

The other problem that faces all teams is the dreaded three-point game. When teams gain a point for sending a game to an overtime or shootout and then losing, it makes it tough for the teams that are on the outside looking in to rally and claw their way to the postseason.

It can be very discouraging from a psychological perspective when a team wins four or five games in a row but can't get over the playoff line because opponents are getting that extra point that comes from more than 60 minutes.

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