Florida Panthers — Speaking of Florida. You would like to think that a two week break could work some magic for a team that went into the Olympics on a six-game slide, but it's doubtful the Panthers will be so lucky. The Panthers went 4-7-2 in their last 13 games, largely due to the fact that center Stephen Weiss was their leading scorer in that span, and he only had six points.
Florida's problem all season has been a horrible lack of scoring, and that doesn't seem likely to get any better since the team isn't in any position to be buyers before the trade deadline. Not only that, but the lack of scoring has meant needing to lean heavily on goalie Tomas Vokoun to have any hopes of winning on a nightly basis.
Vokoun hasn't had a game off since December 27 and didn't get any break for the Olympics either. He's a 100% lock to either be traded or wear out if he stays, neither of which makes Florida's slim hopes of saving their season look any brighter.
Chicago Blackhawks -- Yes, they've done well. They won four straight heading into the break, and are sitting in fourth in the West. However, there is certainly something to be said for being able to keep a good thing going. It appears as though Chicago has finally and definitively switched Cristobal Huet out and Antti Niemi in between the pipes, which is still a bit of an experiment no matter how well Niemi has played lately.
Chicago stands to be the team that might benefit most from the Olympics, specifically individual performances. Marian Hossa got off to a rough start in Chicago — he didn't play until Thanksgiving, and didnt really start scoring until New Year's (13 points in his first 17 games). Hossa really started to get his legs under him as the calendar turned to 2010, and a strong Olympic performance for Slovakia (nine points in seven games) should only serve to keep his offensive motor revving.