Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
That's a good question.
My first inclination is to believe that a shortened season will, if anything, create enthusiasm in non-traditional markets, with the thinking that in a short season "our" team may be in playoff contention until the end, provided they don't start off the season too slowly or sustain a lengthy (relatively speaking) losing streak.
Good thinking on that. You're probably right, though as Ken Hitchcock pointed out, losing streaks will be magnified. He pointed out, rightfully so, that a prolonged losing streak will almost all but eliminate one's chances to make the playoffs.
Teams will be playing natural divisional rivals more so that should alleviate some of the fallout from a lockout. Obviously, if the Red Wings are coming into town to play the Blue Jackets, I would assume turnout would be greater than most matchups. I'm kind of wondering what the long term effects will be.