Patrick Kane vs Jonathan Toews. Nicklas Backstrom vs Alex Ovechkin. Anze Kopitar vs the world.
These are just a few examples of matchups worth getting excited about as we inch closer toward the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The level of hockey that will be on display will be otherworldly, and that fact is only magnified when you consider some of the tales that will be weaving their way in and out of each game.
Whether it's close teammates and friends lacing up the skates for opposing teams or underdogs fighting for a way to down a superpower, there will be no shortage of drama and intrigue once the world's best players convene at the Olympics.