The talent is there, but do the Slovaks have the depth to take on deeper, more talented teams such as Canada, Sweden or the U.S.?
Can Norway, Latvia, Austria or Slovenia upset the stronger nations at the Sochi Olympics?
They aren't a superstar-caliber team, but the Swiss have definitely moved into the realm of medal dark horse.
Can Russia defy a lot of the odds and win in front of its home country?
The Americans were this close to winning gold in 2010. Can they take it a step further in Sochi?
With Sidney Crosby likely not returning during the first round, the Penguins must find a way to counter the Lightning's offensive firepower.
The Canucks have Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo, but ESPN.com's Scott Burnside believes the Kings have enough experience and talent to pull off the first-round upset.
Scott Burnside writes that the Western Conference finals could simply come down to the battle between defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.
Scott Burnside gives a country-by-country preview for the men's hockey tournament at the 2006 Winter Olympics.