Informal discussions between the NHL and its players' union made little progress Saturday morning and no formal talks are scheduled.
As with any labor negotiation, some fans will side with players, while others support management.
The last time the NHL shut its doors an entire season was lost. Back in 1994-95, the league salvaged a 48-game season.
In the event of a lockout, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is providing season ticket holders a 1 percent APR on their account funds.