After a disheartening four-month lockout, the depression is gone and NHL hockey is being served on a platter to hungry fans.
The opening night of games saw 26 teams attempt to shake off the rust, get their legs going and put their skills on display.
Teams like the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks got off to thrilling starts over big-name opponents.
However, a number of teams and individuals got off to tough starts.
In some cases, a bad game is just that, and it doesn't necessarily mean a slump will follow. But in a season where there has been very little preparation, it could be more difficult to turn things around.
Here's a look at six players who struggled on the first day of the season.