The Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets own the NHL's two longest active postseason droughts.
They hope their first seasons in different divisions will help bring them better fortune.
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg on Tuesday night in both clubs' openers.
The Oilers have suffered through a seven-year playoff drought - the longest in the league - after losing Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final to Carolina. Edmonton has hardly come close to returning, with a 182-224-52 record since 2007-08 that ranks as the league's worst.
The organization hopes a new general manager - former vice president of hockey operations and one-time coach Craig MacTavish and new coach Dallas Eakins can help it break through as it joins Los Angeles and Anaheim in the Pacific Division.
"I think we're at the stage, in terms of the cycle of our hockey club right now, that we have to do some bold things," said MacTavish, who made a number of offseason moves, most notably acquiring St. Louis left winger David Perron i...