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  • adj. Not included in a given sport's playoffs

Etymologies

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non- +‎ playoff

Examples

  • After losing four of its last five games, the Avalanche went into Friday's NHL games only two points behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver, yet also only four points ahead of the first "nonplayoff" team in the Western Conference - the Detroit Red Wings.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • However, after blowout losses to nonplayoff teams like Dallas and Edmonton, the Sharks steadied themselves and closed out the season with an impressive string, winning 8 of their last 10 games.

    Higgins Hockey Fantasy Index 2010-2011

  • Denver has a relatively favorable schedule after the rematch against Phoenix on Tuesday night; the Nuggets then face three nonplayoff teams - Sacramento, Seattle and the Los Angeles Clippers.

    USATODAY.com

  • Let's say we cut down the regular season to 78 games, lock down the top seven seeds in each conference, then stage a week-long, single elimination, 16-team tournament between the nonplayoff teams for the 8-seeds.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Since the 1994 strike, only six most valuable players have come from nonplayoff squads.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Two nonplayoff teams worth watching in the East: 1.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Phoenix: Winners of nine of their past 10, the scorching Suns play only one nonplayoff opponent in their final five games (home against Houston).

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • And, just as important, his team has been a surprising success story, while the Islanders appear headed for another nonplayoff finish.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • I would give every nonplayoff team the same odds for winning the lottery, just so these teams wouldn't destroy six to eight weeks of a season for paying customers.

    ESPN.com

  • Then, I would cut the season by four games, guarantee only the top 12 playoff spots, then decide the seventh and eighth seeds in each conference with a double-elimination tournament for every nonplayoff team that I would call the Entertaining As Hell Tournament (see my 2007 column for the gory details).

    ESPN.com

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