With Christmas day fast approaching and training camps getting in their final moves and deals to complete rosters, we have to take a look at just which players might possibly miss the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
A number of star players went a little too hard in the preseason and they now find themselves possibly suffering on the sideline on opening day because of it. Due to the lockout cutting into preseason and training camp time, injuries have been piling because of the lack of conditioning that players suffered from because of the lockout.
This year's preseason also served to allow the regular rotation players to get their shots in, as opposed to the traditional method of playing the starters for a quarter or two and then playing the bench and the players trying to make a roster spot. With the lockout limiting the preseason to only two games, teams are having their elite players participating for up to 30 minutes.
Most teams walked away from the preseason without any devastating injuries, but there are a few key players that will be ailing when the regular season starts.
Here's five players who are listed as either questionable or probable for their season opener.