Not included in a given sport's playoffs(adjective)
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Use "nonplayoff" in a sentence
"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."
"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."
"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."