Hockey fans are extremely angry at the NHL and NHLPA for their failure to save a full 2012-13 season, and this is evident everyday when talking to people at work, at school or by looking at social media websites such as Twitter.
Even though fans are frustrated, it's hard to imagine many of these people staying away from the NHL when it finally returns.
The fans in large, traditional hockey markets will certainly come back to their teams, especially in cities fortunate enough to have contenders such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Canadian fans can also be expected to come back to the game.
There is a possibility that attendance could decline in the first few weeks of the season if fans are still angry with the league, but as the playoff races intensify, the fans will eventually return in large numbers.