For the longest-serving St. Louis Blues fans, it was a 52-year wait. The franchise joined the NHL as part of 1967-68 expansion and, after reaching the final in their first three years of existence, waited 49 years to return. Finally, the Blues have their first championship. Half a century of fans can die in peace now, and any sense of pressure on this franchise is long gone. St. Louis is easily the team furthest from the hot seat in 2019-20.
Which teams face the greatest pressure this coming season? The top of the list blends (a) great teams squarely in their championship windows; (b) emerging young teams due for steps forward; and, (c) perennially disappointing teams with fed-up fan bases. The bottom of the list includes some recent champions and rebuilding teams not expected to compete ...
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Matt Larkin is a senior writer at The Hockey News and has been part of the team since 2011. He's your one-stop shop for deep-dive player interviews, predictions, statistics, fantasy player rankings, player safety and hair tips. Catch him weekly as host of The Hockey News Live and The Hockey News Podcast.