It happens every year in the NHL.
Each season there are a handful of NHL teams that come out of the offseason hyped as potential postseason contenders, but for whatever reason, they don't come close to meeting expectations.
Last year, due in part to the fact that it was a lockout-shortened season, a number of clubs surprised the hockey world by orchestrating unexpected runs to the playoffs. But in a full 82-game grind, replicating that feat will prove to be much more difficult.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche each entered the 2013 season with postseason aspirations, only to come crashing down to earth by the time the 48-game regular season ended.
In preparation for the 2013-14 NHL campaign, here's a look at the teams that will disappoint by failing to meet expectations.