6 NHL Teams Helped Most by the Lockout

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6 NHL Teams Helped Most by the Lockout
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The lockout may prevent Mike Babcock from going through a lot of angst-filled nights.

The NHL lockout is only in its early stages, but with Gary Bettman carrying the baton for the NHL owners, it threatens to be a long and painful one.

He has a track record of keeping the players out of their locker rooms and letting the rest of the world pass the NHL by.

From a strategic standpoint, some teams will be hurt badly by a lockout in 2012-13, especially if it lasts the entire season the way it did in (gulp) 2004-05.

The New York Rangers appear loaded and ready to make a run at the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings have a full boat of returning players and have every chance to defend their title.

The Boston Bruins are one year removed from winning in 2011, and they have the kind of power and nastiness that could make them a contender again. How about the Pittsburgh Penguins getting a full season out of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? The Flyers can score goals in bunches, and the Tampa Bay Lightning want to resurrect the 2010-11 season.

In the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks want one more crack at getting after the championship, while the San Jose Sharks are running out of time. Not having a chance to play would be ruinous for them.

How about the Minnesota Wild and the Edmonton Oilers? The Wild added superstars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the offseason and should be strong playoff contenders. The Oilers are loaded with young talent that needs to play to develop.

They would all be hurt by the lockout.

But other teams that may be going through identity problems or are starting to age could actually benefit from the lockout. Here's a look at six of those teams.

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