NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 8.
The calendar has turned to October, and that means NHL teams already are brainstorming to figure out what they'll have to do to be successful when the regular season starts next week.
As they get ready for 2014-15, all 30 teams have questions. Will that big rookie make an impact right away? Will the free-agent signee fill the hole he was brought in to plug? Will the offense/defense/goaltending/special teams improve?
With that in mind, here's a look at a key question facing the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference: