Detroit Red Wings' 5 Biggest Questions Ahead of the Olympic Break

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Detroit Red Wings' 5 Biggest Questions Ahead of the Olympic Break
Alex Brandon/Associated Press
The Detroit Red Wings have a few things to figure out over the Olympic break.

Before everyone takes off for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Detroit Red Wings have two important games on the schedule.

Detroit will visit the Florida Panthers on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday—the possible return of Steven Stamkos.

With the Olympic break looming, the Red Wings find themselves in the final playoff spot in the East, but they're holding on by the skin of their teeth. The seven teams vying for the two wild-card positions are separated by a mere five points.

Detroit is coming off a hard-fought win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday following a home-and-home split with the Washington Capitals over the weekend. Just 5-3-2 in their last 10, the Red Wings have a lot of work ahead of them.

The youth infusion has breathed life into a stagnant offense and raised some interesting queries regarding the immediate future of the club. With established veterans scratched in favor of younger legs, Detroit could be moving away from a veteran bias.

With 10 players headed to Sochi and the rest on vacation, concerns are left behind regarding the rest of the season and securing a 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

Here are five of the Detroit Red Wings' biggest questions ahead of the Olympic break.

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