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Open Ice: Top producers from non-contenders

Updated: March 16, 2009, 4:29 PM ET
By Sean Allen | Special to ESPN.com

You know what is more dangerous than an NHL team that is a virtual lock for the postseason and trying to work out the kinks before the playoffs begin? An NHL team that is a virtual lock NOT to make the playoffs, just playing for pride and the fans.

The bottom five teams in the Eastern Conference have only the faintest of odds to make a run at the postseason. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders are all but mathematically ...

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