by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/10 at 05:12 PM ET
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
1. How will Canada handle the pressure?
No team will be under more scrutiny. The success of these Olympics in Canada will be defined largely by how the hosts fare in the men’s ice hockey tournament. Canada has the depth, talent and experience to win gold, but how they do will depend on how well they handle knowing that anything short of the top of the medal stand will be viewed as a disappointment.
2. Can the American blue line survive?
Besieged by injuries to Mike Komisarek and Paul Martin, Team USA is going to the Olympics without arguably its best shot blocker and best puck moving defenseman. It’s not as if Komisarek and Martin are irreplaceable, but Tim Gleason and Ryan Whitney have to prove they belong if the Americans stand a chance.
3. What will Alex Ovechkin do?
Who knows, but we’re guessing it’s going to be both impressive and theatrical. You should always watch Ovi because you just never know what you’re going to see next. The Olympics will be his biggest stage to date.
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