While a handful of teams have exceeded expectations this season, at the opposite end of the spectrum, several teams have come up well short of their Stanley Cup championship hopes. This look at those clubs will both, inform and entertain. Let’s get started so you can continue making your bets against their NHL odds.
2021 NHL Season Review – The Most Disappointing Teams in the League
The Flyers went 41-21-7 a year ago while reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals. This season though, Philly has far underachieved while getting left on the outside looking in come playoff time. After finishing seventh in scoring and goals allowed a year ago, the Flyers rank 15th in scoring (2.8 GPG) and a pitiful 31st in goals allowed (3.6 GPG). Goalie Carter Hart was supposed to be the future in net in Philadelphia, but right now, the future looks dim at best.
The Stars went 37-24-8 a year ago while making a fantastic run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Despite coming up short against Tampa Bay, Dallas entered the 2020-21 campaign as one of the top favorites to get back to the finals. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened. Dallas is currently 21-18-14 while ranking 19th in scoring (2.7 GPG) and ninth in goals allowed (2.6 GPG). It’s back to the drawing board for the Stars as we get set for the end of the regular season.
The Blues recorded the top record in the Western Conference last season, one year after winning the Stanley Cup title. This season though, St. Louis is 24-19-5 while ranking 13th in scoring (3.0 GPG) and 22nd in goals allowed (3.1 GPG). St. Louis ranks in the bottom third in almost every meaningful defensive statistical category and that just won’t be good enough to get it done this season, even though the Blues are set to reach the playoffs.
The Canucks went 36-27-6 a year ago while finishing third in the Pacific Division. This season though, Vancouver is 20-25-3 and sitting in last place in the North Division standings. The Canucks rank 27th in scoring (2.6 GPG) and an identical 27th in goals allowed (3.3 GPG) while ranking 24th or worse in every meaningful defensive statistical category.
The Predators went 35-26-8 a year ago while finishing fourth in the Central Division standings. This season though, Nashville is 29-23-2 and in fourth place in the Central Division. The Predators aren’t the biggest disappointment in the league, but they’ve also failed to improve on either side of the puck while ranking 22nd in scoring (2.6 GPG) and 16th in goals allowed (2.8 GPG).
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