Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed on Friday that if there is an NHL lockout he will play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
It is a question on the minds of every player, coach, general manager and owner in the NHL not to mention millions of its fans.
For the next three weeks CSNWashington.com will take a team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference.
With no guarantee that the NHL season will start on-time, the American Hockey League may provide local fans with one of the few outlets for live professional hockey in the months ahead.
By Ben Raby