Had a variation of this post posted elsewhere, but it was OT so I made a separate thread: There have been only 8 teams in the league who have qualified for the playoffs every year since '09: the Caps, Bruins, Pens, Sharks, Hawks, Canucks, Kings, and Wings. All of those teams have made the 2nd round at least twice during that time, however only 6 have made the 3rd round at least once: the Bruins, Pens, Sharks, Hawks, Canucks, and Kings. Of those teams, only 4 have made the 3rd round more than once during that time: the Bruins, Sharks, Hawks, and Kings. So playoff wise, there are literally only 4 teams who have fared better than the Pens since '09, which is the most advantageous spot for a critic to choose as a cut-off point because it comes immediately after the Pens came off back-to-back Finals appearances, including a Cup. That's without mentioning that none of those teams had to deal with near the amount of long-term injuries to core players that the Pens have, or the historically terrible goaltending performances of one Marc-Andre Fleury.