Some teams always seem to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
The Detroit Red Wings are always ready for a cup run. If they don't win it this year, you know they can take a run at it next year.
Other organizations, such as the New Jersey Devils or Colorado Avalanche, may fall on bad times, but you believe they will be able to rebuild and challenge for a cup soon.
Some teams, though, never seem ready to win or even legitimately challenge for the Stanley Cup. They may get close but never quite put it together. If they don't win a cup when the opportunity arises, you fear they may never win it.
These are the teams that need desperately to win one.
Which NHL playoff team this year most needs to win the Stanley Cup?
Last year, the answer to that question was obviously the Chicago Blackhawks. They were one of the original six franchises that had won the fewest Stanley Cups. They also had the longest extant streak of playing in the league without winning a cup.
Chicago had last won the cup in 1961. They had been without a cup victory for 47 full NHL seasons before 2009-10.
When they finally won last year, it had been 49 years between cups. This franchise had a long-suffering fan base that returned once the organization began to rebuild.
Chicago Blackhawks fandom has gone through a renaissance that was rewarded with a cup win last year.
The Blackhawks were also expecting to lose a lot of players from last year's team because of salary cap issues. Their window of opportunity might have been rapidly closing, which added to the need for the team to win the cup last year.
There is no obvious Blackhawks-type team in this year's playoffs. Still, there are always clubs more desperate than others to win the Stanley Cup.
Here is my list of the teams most desperate to win the Stanley Cup this year.
Thanks to Hockeybuzz.com for my salary cap numbers.