If you think of an NHL season like a fancy dinner party, we're getting to the good stuff now.
Preseason: That's when everyone gathers and enjoys a cocktail and some appies.
The first three months of the season? That's the equivalent of the soup and salad courses, when guests are flexing their conversational muscles and sizing up the food and service.
Now that the calendar has flipped to 2016, the main course is being served. The next three months represent the meatiest part of the regular season and are followed, of course, by the delicious Stanley Cup playoffs and the after-dinner summer treats of the draft and free agency.
Here's what's on the National Hockey League menu in 2016.