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Teams in danger of falling out of playoff mix in 2017-18

Sure, the Rangers improved their roster around Ryan McDonagh, left, and Henrik Lundqvist this offseason. But they still play in a division with three teams that eclipsed 100 points in 2016-17. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Every year, there are a few teams that take us by surprise when they miss the playoffs. Last season, we saw the Tampa Bay Lightning drop from making the Stanley Cup Final and Eastern Conference Final in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to missing the postseason entirely in 2016-17. The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars both dropped out of the playoffs after winning their divisions the previous season.

So who will it be this time around?

Predicting which franchises will disappoint is tricky because their demise is often caused by the injury bug or poor goaltending, but this season there are several clubs whose rosters aren't as strong, or that play in divisions that got tougher. Let's have a look at six teams, three from each conference, in particular.