The NHL will take several weeks off starting this weekend due to the Winter Games taking place in Sochi. While most of the best players in the world will be heading to Russia to participate in the Olympics, the freeze in action is an interesting wrinkle in the league's regular season.
Teams won't resume play until the end of February, giving players a miniature summer vacation. This could help some squads, as players will have time to heal and get healthy, while it could cause problems for some of the streakier teams in the NHL.
The time off will also create a bit of a lull for fans of particular teams, but there are still a few things worth pondering over the coming weeks while the likes of Sidney Crosby, Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin do battle for a Gold Medal.
All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com and are accurate up to games played on February 4.