I wouldn't watch a single game and keep my focus on the juniors until the draft. Then I'll go back to the NHL. 48 game season is a joke. Just forget half of the season and now come back so we can get at least a bit of money this year. No respect. But that's just me.
I couldn't acre less how many games as long as once were playing again it's with a 10+ year new CBA, and doesn't allow CAP circumvention contracts (I hope)
I won't be buying tickets/merchanside/center ice for 2 years...just a personal decision along with alot of my family, but I will watch on TV every game I can.
We have seen 10 or so AHL/OHL games this year, and I watch as much KHL as I can, and they are quite exciting games, but they can't compete with NHL.