Since the All-Star festivities are over, this is where things become interesting in the NHL.
As the season commences, the playoff races heat up and we get a clearer picture of the playoff matchups that will ensue in mid-April. Some teams will get hot, while others will hit a downward spiral which will end in an epic collapse.
But it's not all about the playoff chase.
Will Sidney Crosby play again?
Who will win the scoring title?
Here are eight bold predictions regarding the second half of the NHL.