Many subplots for Canada-USA

Patrick Kane will be going against three Chicago Blackhawks teammates with whom he has won two Stanley Cups: Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. In fact, there was a minor brouhaha when Kane appeared to suggest he's never played with anyone as naturally gifted as U.S. teammate Phil Kessel, which might have been taken the wrong way by Toews, his Chicago captain. The issue was chalked up to miscommunication and all was quickly forgiven.

How about the collision of wills that hard-nosed U.S. forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie are expected to have with St. Louis Blues teammates Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, who have been rock-solid as a defensive tandem for Canada?

"We had that conversation before we left that we're going to wear our country's colors and play as hard as we can for our countries," Backes said. "We'll figure out those relationships when we get back to our respective teams. Maybe it takes a cold beverage and someone has to buy dinner, but we'll smooth that out after this."

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