The dust has finally settled. The trade winds have come and gone. As the regular season in the NHL nears its eventual close, it is becoming clear which teams will be in the dance.
Unlike the other professional sports, it is more uncertain which teams will make a run in the postseason as parody is dwindled down—and any team can catch fire with the hot goalie in net.
This season is no different, as there are many teams that are on the doorstep of the playoffs but still trying to make their way. The trade deadline helped some and showed others that are going to pack it in for next season.