5 Burning Questions for Detroit Red Wings' 2014 Olympians

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5 Burning Questions for Detroit Red Wings' 2014 Olympians
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For the next two weeks, 10 players who have played hockey as Detroit Red Wings will shed their allegiances to their NHL team and each other to play for their respective homelands.

Henrik Zetterberg, for now, is not captain of the Red Wings but of Team Sweden.

Jimmy Howard is no longer donning red and white but red, white and blue as a member of Team USA.

Mike Babcock is under no pressure to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 23rd straight playoff appearance, but he is expected to bring another gold medal home to Canada.

For the entire NHL season, these men have been examined as Red Wings, but for now, they are going to be judged as Olympic athletes all pitted against each other in a quest for national pride and immortal hockey glory.

Though they will eventually return to the Red Wings looking to answer a myriad of questions about their playoff hopes and competitive readiness, for now, the questions these temporarily former Red Wings will face will have nothing to do with NHL statistics or playoffs.

With 10 Red Wings preparing to take the ice in Sochi, there are plenty of questions surrounding them collectively; here’s a look at the five biggest that will be answered over the course of the tournament.

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