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Monday's Dump & Chase: Downtown Nashville Feels the Lockout Pinch

Every time an NHL figure (player, owner or executive) invokes the "fans are hurt most by this lockout" line, remember the fact that ordinary people with ordinary jobs rely on the business brought downtown on game nights, not just in Nashville but all around the league.

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Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Canceled NHL games take financial toll on Nashville's downtown businesses | The Greenville News
The impact downtown is only starting to be felt.

Predators reach out to business sponsors | The Tennessean
So far it doesn't sound like much long-term damage has been done to the progress which the Preds have made on the corporate front in recent years.

Apathy: The NHL’s Worst Enemy | PuckScene.com
I agree with Patten here, there's not exactly a wellspring of passion being tapped into with each consecutive cancellation of games. I'll be honest, it's hard for me to find the motivation to even post daily notes these days.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

In Ontario Hockey, Minor League Hopes to Limit Major Fights - NYTimes.com
Fights are down about 20% in the OHL, but I'll be interested to see how that number tracks in the later stages of the season, as more guys approach the new 10-fight limit.

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome sets up 4 goals in final 5½ minutes of epic comeback (VIDEO) - Buzzing The Net
Down 5-1 with just a few minutes left? No problem...

And lastly, check out the former Pred notching the hat trick for Salavat Yulaev in the KHL. No, it's our old pal (and Corsi superstar) Antti Pihlstrom!