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Polls: Who benefits the most from a shortened season?

Jan 6, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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Whether the season kicks off on Jan. 19 or a little sooner, NHL teams will be in scramble mode once some CBA specifics are clarified. In the mean time, onlookers can ask a fun question: which teams will benefit the most from a shortened season?

Rest vs. Rust

A lightning-quick training camp means less time for locked-out players to get into game shape, so teams with several guys who went overseas (like the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers) or played in the AHL could benefit.

Then again, players on the sidelines avoided injuries* and should be fresher for a hectic schedule.

Experience vs. Youth

The argument for younger teams benefiting from a condensed schedule is a lot like the well-rested one: generally, their bodies are expected to hold up better. On the other hand, more veteran-heavy teams might benefit from superior chemistry and poise in the face of what could be a wild 2012-13 season.

Of course, you can also discuss individual teams’ benefits (or detriments) in the comments, too.

* – Aside from the occasional wake-boarding accidents.

  1. mustbechris - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    the two sides converge. rest is good for veteran teams; activity is good for younger teams.

    the flyers are a mix of both, as they had players like couturier and schenn in the AHL putting up points, and players like briere and giroux in europe doing the same, but at the same time the lockout afforded time for andrej meszaros and kimmo timonen to get healthy.

  2. lonespeed - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Carolina won the cup the last shortened season…gotta figure they’ll win it again. It’s when they are forced to play in November and December that they suck.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      You do know your sports history….

    • unclax41 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Uhhh… the Devils won the cup in the last shortened season, you’re thinking of the full season played after the previous lockout.

    • slammincamnewton - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      He’s right though. With no November or December to dig our graves, we’ll dominate thru June to the cup with Staal x2 and Skinner.

  3. cavafox - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    The pens practice facility isn’t owned by the team so many of them have been practicing there off and on during the lockout.

  4. broncofan313 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    young and talented team in Colorado gonna take the next step this year conference finals at least

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      You have next to no quality defensemen. A gluttony of young forwards, but no real leaders on the back end. That doesn’t bode well for the playoffs.

  5. Stiller43 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Everyones going to claim that this will help this team or this will help that team, when they probably only believe that because thats what their team is, and want to believe it.

    What i mean is…a fan of a younger team will say fresh legs, and a older teams fan will say experience and the rest they had will help.

    The reality? Nobody knows, but good teams will still be good, and bad teams will still be bad, regardless of age or what they did during the lockout.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Great post. And to add to this, teams that end up sucking will use these same factors as an excuse. Fans of young teams will blame the lockout for not giving them time to learn and gel, fans of old teams will blame fatigue, etc.

      Obviously teams with a healthy mix of youth and vets will be in the best position to win, but generally that’s the case in a normal season as well. Issues might be exacerbated by the lockout a little, but ultimately all teams will face challenges one way or another and chances are if your team sucks in this season, they probably would have sucked in a regular one too.

  6. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    The Caps have been very active out @ Kettler and we’ve got a lot of players in Europe

  7. beerndrums - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    It’s about damn time

  8. jaredo10 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Rangers deff benefit from this lockout. Gabriok was going to be on the Shelf until december now hes ready to go and light it up

  9. bramptondon - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM


  10. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The Fans,,… NOT!

  11. kiopta1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I am glad to have some Hockey cause with College football ending Monday I would be a sad man with no games to watch for months.

  12. kitshky - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Not Vancouver … ugh.

  13. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Love the fact that Hockey’s back Go Caps Go

  14. jadams1399 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I am very happy to see we have our beloved Canadian sport back again! Cant wait for the puck to drop!! Go Flames Go!

    • capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Please the flames have sucked for years

      • kitshky - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        ….which is one of the best things about our “beloved Canadian sport”.

  15. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    When will the season start anyone know??????????????

  16. mungman69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    When did I have a wakeboarding accident?

  17. joeyashwi - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I think the fans win. Every game will mean more. No players will take a shift off, much less a game off unless they are seriously hurt. They don’t have to worry about being fresh for 82 games. I love the ebbs and flows of a long season but as it stands, playoff hockey starts now! Go Wild!

  18. somekat - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    It all depends. A young team that is a majority players who have been in the league for 2-4 years will have an advantage. A young team that is filled with rookies, or 1-2 year guys (or 2-4 if they are in newer systems) are going to have problems with no training camp, and I would assume little practice time, getting defensive systems down. So while they may have more energy than veteran teams, they will be more prone to breakdowns.

    What will be interesting to see is how it will effect the playoffs, which are normally a fast pace, but this year will feel like they are getting a break a lot of the time.

  19. dreamzilla - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    OILERS!!!!! northwest division champs…BOOK IT!

  20. fortwaynekomets - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Fans… tired of being locked out and feeling like the useless pieces of crap the league has made you out to be?


    HOW… you might ask?


    We the FANS… aka the ONLY people who keep the NHL operating and pay the players salaries… we NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT.

    Watch games on Television, watch them at sports bars, get together with some friends, have a viewing party, etc. Remember in JUST a few months we will be preparing for a new season anyways. THIS is the time to send a statement to the league we will NO longer tolerate this type of treatment as fans!

    History has shown the owners not only know the FANS will fill the seats, they EXPECT it.

    Don’t want to ever go through this emotional rollercoaster again?


  21. isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I like how everyone thinks their team will benefit from the lockout hahaha

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