The puck drops Tuesday for the start of the 2013-14 NHL regular season.
After losing the first three months of last year's campaign to the owners' lockout, fans were eager to get back to the game. According to hockeyattendance.com, NHL arenas averaged 17,766 fans per game after the lockout, an increase of just over 300 bodies from the 2011-12 average of 17,454.
Further growth could be in the cards this season. The league has made plenty of changes to try to increase scoring and make the game more fan friendly. In addition to the action on the ice, look for new divisional alignments and schedules, rule changes and special events like more outdoor games.
Here's a look at the top 10 storylines in the NHL as the new season gets under way.
All statistics courtesy of NHL.com unless otherwise noted.