With two consecutive busy summers in the rear-view mirror and a highly anticipated move to the new Metropolitan Division awaiting this autumn, the NHL's spotlight will fall on the Carolina Hurricanes more in 2013-14 than ever before.
They must be poised to deliver under the pressure.
Will the 'Canes offense be able to keep up its explosive ways against tougher competition? Will a competitive training camp work wonders on the underperforming third and fourth lines? Will a summer of improvement make a difference on an uncertain defensive unit? Will newcomers like Ron Hainsey, Elias Lindholm and Anton Khudobin lead the 'Canes forward under their leadership?
The next six months will provide answers to all those questions, with more than a few surprises inevitably mixed in, as well.
Our boldest predictions for the Hurricanes campaign that lies ahead fall on the coming slides.
Note: This slideshow is a sequel to our breakdown of five burning questions for the 'Canes, published earlier this week.