Jay Bouwmeester is a serial loser.

It's his career storyline. His claim to fame.

Bouwmeester is getting close -- at 717 -- to owning the NHL record for most games played by a player who has never played in a Stanley Cup playoff game. The record of 799 was set by Calgary Flames team-mate Olli Jokinen before he finally made it to the post-season in 2008-09.

Jay Bouwmeester is the Joe Btfsplk of hockey.

Btfsplk was the iconic character in Al Capp's Li'l Abner comic strip of yesteryear, a well-meaning, hapless guy with the world's worst jinx. Btfsplk brought misfortune to everyone around him as he went through life with a dark rain cloud perpetually hanging over his head.