While the No.1 concern on hockey fans' minds is whether or not there will be a season, many people have been writing articles and making predictions about teams who are locks to make or miss the playoffs.
The parity in the league, however, has shown that nobody should ever be counted out.
If there is a season in 2012-13, it will be as competitive as ever. The problem is that some people are already counting out certain teams that they really shouldn't. Sure, losing one key player or two makes the squad less deep as a whole, but it doesn't always mean that the team goes from a contender to the cellar.
Let's take a look at some of these teams.