A lot of the pre-Olympic hoopla has been focused on Canada and who will be its starting netminder. The likes of Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith are set to do battle to be the team's starter, and that barely scratches the surface of the contestants in the "who wants to help defend this gold medal in Russia?" sweepstakes.
Despite the press overload on that particular position battle, there are several other situations worth keeping an eye on as the season unfolds.
A hot streak or cold start from certain players could see them make or not make their respective teams. For instance, what would the United States do if Jonathan Quick fell off for six weeks while Ryan Miller became an unquestionable force again?
What about Russia and its lack of elite defenseman? How will it solve that issue? All of these questions will be dealt with in due time as the opening ceremony draws near.