Oh... uh, sorry Taylor, poor choice of words."
Of course, that also means there are 14 teams on the outside looking in - some more outside than others. And while it would be tempting to kick those teams while they're down, that's not our style around here. We prefer the power of positive thinking.
So instead let's focus on some good news for each of the 14 teams that found themselves outside of the playoff picture heading into Monday night's action.
Edmonton Oilers - Could end up picking first overall in this year's draft for the third straight year but there's absolutely zero chance of it happening again in 2013, according to the league's policy on rigging draft lotteries after cancelled seasons.
Minnesota Wild - Should keep believing in themselves because this is the NHL and anything can happen; for example, at one point this year the Minnesota Wild were in first place and they're completely terrible.
Buffalo Sabres - While it may seem wrong to react to a rough season by throwing long-time franchise player Ryan Miller under the bus, it's nice to know that at least you wouldn't have to worry about any teammates trying to fight the bus driver.
Toronto Maple Leafs - May finally be able to get a win against the Bruins this year, now that they know that Tim Thomas will refuse to show up if you just crowd enough left wingers around him.
Phoenix Coyotes - Finally achieved some certainty around the team's ownership situation when Gary Bettman admitted that we will certainly be talking about this every single year until the Earth crashes into the sun.
Winnipeg Jets - Are the only team not sending a player to Ottawa for the all-star weekend, which is great news since players often become distracted when they spend a weekend somewhere tropical.
New York Islanders - Hey, ten thousand years from now nobody will even remember any of this, unless they find a ten thousand-year-old book called "The Worst Run Hockey Franchises of All-Time".
Montreal Canadiens - It will be fun next year watching new coach Patrick Roy pull Carey Price during a blowout, then tackle him as soon as he gets anywhere near the team president's seat.
Tampa Bay Lightning - Steven Stamkos is currently on pace to score over 50 goals this season, which is pretty amazing when you factor in that he's done it without ever getting to face the Lightning goaltenders.
Carolina Hurricanes - New coach Kirk Muller has kept several elements of former coach Paul Maurice's game plan in place, which will make the transition easier when Maurice is rehired in the offseason.
Dallas Stars - Thankfully won't have to worry about a repeat of last year's distracting "Should we go for a playoff spot or trade away our star player" drama, since this year they don't have one.
Calgary Flames - Have made it clear that they're going for a postseason spot and won't trade Jarome Iginla, and it will be great for hockey fans to once again see him playing important April hockey whenever the playoff game goes to intermission and they switch over to the World Championships.
Anaheim Ducks - Sources in the team's front office confirm that it's still totally fun to float yet another bogus trade rumour about a star player you have no intention of actually moving, then crowd around the phone with a stopwatch to see how long it takes Brian Burke to call.
Columbus Blue Jackets - Well, at least that annoying glass-half-full guy who responds to every loss all season long by saying "It could be worse, we could have Brett Lebda" will shut up now.