6 NHL Teams in Danger of a Major Drop-off in 2012-13

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6 NHL Teams in Danger of a Major Drop-off in 2012-13
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Head coach Dave Tippett's Phoenix Coyotes could have problems this season.

Even as a work stoppage is looming for the NHL, there is still a chance (slim?) that the bluster will come to a halt and that the two sides will come to an agreement.

Even if they don't, a work stoppage does not have to last a full season, as it did in 2004-05.

As teams prepare for the upcoming season, many believe that the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings should be in a good position to make a run at another championship. But the team they defeated in the Western Conference finals, the Phoenix Coyotes, may not be in such a good position.

Uncertainty has surrounded this team since the day they were eliminated by the Kings, and it has not abated.

Here's a look at six teams that could suffer a major drop-off in 2012-13 if circumstances break against them.

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