Aside from Pittsburgh a year ago, teams coming off a loss in the Stanley Cup finals generally struggle the following season. Here's a look, dating back to the last time the Flyers reached the championship prior to this season:

2010: Flyers Next season: ???

2009: Red Wings. Next season: Lost in 2nd round

2008: Penguins. Next season: Won Stanley Cup

2007: Senators. Next season: Lost in 1st round

2006: Oilers. Next season: No postseason

2005: Lockout. Next season: -

2004: Flames. Next season: Lockout

2003: Ducks. Next season: No postseason

2002: Hurricanes. Next season: No postseason

2001: Devils. Next season: Lost in 1st round

2000: Stars. Next season: Lost in 2nd round

1999: Sabres. Next season: Lost in 1st round

1998: Capitals. Next season: No postseason

1997: Flyers. Next season: Lost in 1st round

BREAKDOWN SINCE 1997:

Cup winners: 1

Lost in Cup finals: 0

Lost in conference finals: 0

Lost in 2nd round: 2

Lost in 1st round: 4

No postseason: 4

Cup winners to lose previous finals in last 40 years: 2 (2009 Penguins, 1984 Oilers)