NHL Power Rankings: Ranking the 30 Clubs by Fan Expectations for 2012-13

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NHL Power Rankings: Ranking the 30 Clubs by Fan Expectations for 2012-13
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One of the charms of having seven different champions since the lockout (the one in 2004-05) is that most fanbases go into each new season believing that their team can and will improve.

And, in fact, many teams have made significant leaps in recent years.

The "No TV Chicago Blackhawks" were a moribund franchise that turned things around once they, well, put their games on TV and put a winner on the ice.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues were looking a little sorry after the lockout, but both franchises have recently shared in some playoff success and have rosters full of players that are ready to win now.

And teams like the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes that play in suburban arenas located in warm-weather areas have generated excitement for the first time since the Panthers’ Stanley Cup run and the Yotes’ move from Winnipeg in the mid-90s.

On the other hand, teams like the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders have fallen on hard times after a history of success (Dallas more recent than Long Island) and are in need of a little rejuvenation.

The following is all 30 teams listed based on fan expectations for next season.

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