January 17, 2013 4:30 PM | By Daniel Nugent-Bowman and A.J. Perez, MSN Sports
Who's hot and who's not in the NHL this shortened season

Game-ready teams and squads destined to fail



Teams that should be in a good position to succeed in a shortened hockey season, and teams that have a lot of trouble ahead of them (© AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)
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  • Looking good: New York Rangers
  • Looking good: Los Angeles Kings (© AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)
  • Looking good: Edmonton Oilers (© CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
  • Looking good: Pittsburgh Penguins (© AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
  • Looking good: Ottawa Senators (© AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Looking good: St. Louis Blues (© Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports)
  • Looking good: Philadelphia Flyers (© Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
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Hockey's back, and as the teams regroup ahead of the opening puck drop, it's time to take a look at those teams in fine shape and those with a lot of work ahead of them. Some players went over to Europe and found teams to play for during the lockout. Others suited up for AHL squads. Then there were those that simply worked out and skated informally. So what does it all mean now that the NHL is about to start? Read on to see the five teams that should be in a good position to succeed in a shortened season, plus the five that could be in trouble.

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