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NHL ending several big postseason droughts

The Maple Leafs have delighted their fans this season with a playoff berth.
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The Maple Leafs have delighted their fans this season with a playoff berth.

Three of the six longest current postseason droughts in the NHL have ended, including the Maple Leafs, who have clinched their first playoff berth since 2004 -- a time frame that spans both lockouts.

A look at where those six teams stand as the 2013 regular season comes to a close:

Toronto Maple Leafs - clinched berth

Seasons out of playoffs: Seven

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Closest call: 2006-07, 9th place (1 point out)

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Last postseason win: 2004 East semis, Game 4

Edmonton Oilers - missed playoffs

Seasons out of playoffs: Seven

Closest call: 2007-08, 9th place (3 points out)

Last postseason win: 2006 Cup Finals, Game 6

Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers - missed playoffs

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Seasons out of playoffs: Six

Closest call: 2009-10, 10th place (5 points out)

Last postseason win: None

NY Islanders - clinched berth

Seasons out of playoffs: Five

Closest call: 2009-10, 13th place (9 points out)

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Last postseason win: 2007 East quarters, Game 2

Minnesota Wild - clinched berth

Seasons out of playoffs: Four

Closest call: 2008-09, 9th place (2 points out)

Last postseason win: 2008 West quarters, Game 3

Dallas Stars - missed playoffs

Seasons out of playoffs: Five

Closest call: 2010-11, 9th place (2 points out)

Last postseason win: 2008 West finals, Game 5