There are familiar faces in new places, new rules and a daunting challenge facing the Chicago Blackhawks and their chances to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
No team has won two straight since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997-98.
These are among the numerous things to look out for Tuesday, when the NHL drops the puck on a new season with three games. They include the Blackhawks raising their championship banner before hosting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
In the meantime, fans need to get used to former Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier in Philadelphia, former Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson in Detroit, and former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla in Boston.
And don't forget the possibility of the league introducing a new hybrid no-touch icing rule.