Finally, the waiting is all but over.
When the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings drop the puck in Los Angeles (two other games will also begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time), the long-delayed 2012-13 season will take shape as the 2013 season will be under way.
Instead of being consumed by talks, key dates and cancellations, we will be watching games, looking at the standings and worrying about trades and injuries.
That's what the sport should be about—not labor difficulties.
There are many questions as we open the season and here are 10 of them burning in the front of your intrepid reporter's mind.