While the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, there are 14 NHL teams who failed to reach the playoffs this season.
But all hope is not lost. This year, five teams qualified for the playoffs that did not reach the postseason in 2012.
Here is an early offseason look at what the 14 non-playoff teams have to do reach the postseason in 2013-14. The teams are presented in reverse order of their standings from this season, from 30th to 16th.
Not all of them will succeed, of course, and all teams face the obstacle of a shrinking salary cap, but these are the needs that non-playoff teams have to fill to avoid being in next year's draft lottery.
Feel free to comment on what you feel any of these teams needs to improve.