Many would think there wouldn't be too many differences between Olympic hockey and the NHL, but athletes in Sochi will have to adapt to larger rink sizes and different rules.
The Olympic break means different things for different NHL teams. For the Capitals, it could mean getting a handful of players back in good health for the 23-game stretch run.
While the Caps' five Olympians are on the coast of the Black Sea, a handful of their teammates are on some beach, somewhere.
Team USA general manager David Poile knows his American hockey history, especially when it comes to winning wars in Europe.