With the NHL preseason officially canceled, hockey fans are going to have to wait even longer to watch the game they love.
The cancellation of the preseason will have its effects on the regular season, some positive and some negative. Teams that went far into the playoffs will have more time to rest. Meanwhile, teams that did not make the playoffs or had an early exit will be champing at the bit to get back on the ice.
Here are five ways that the cancellation of the NHL preseason affects the start of the 2012-13 season.