Momentum is a fickle thing. It can come from taking hope in an offseason that went well, building on last year’s playoff run, or the potential of your favorite team’s young players blossoming into super stars.
Those things gave fans hope into September, but the lockout now has some worried that the pendulum will start swinging the other way.
Any team's momentum can be drastically changed by this work stoppage. If any hockey is played this year, the chances are a frantic start will throw many teams for a loop at the beginning.
This lockout is easiest to compare to the one the NBA suffered last year. Both leagues play a normal 82-game schedule, both leagues have owners that were claiming to lose money with their franchises and both leagues have owners that are going to try and make as much money as possible in a shortened season.
The similarities can go on, but those few reasons make it easy to assume that, like the NBA last year, the upcoming hockey season will be condensed to squeeze every penny possible out of the fans.
Opportunities to generate revenue were missed with game cancellations, so look for this to be a repeat of last year’s NBA season. This column shows five teams that could have the biggest momentum shifts based off of the model of the NBA's shortened season.