Five things to watch in today’s Canada-USA semifinal, plus updates on the seven Canadian NHL teams as they return to practice.

Canada and the United States meet today in the semifinal of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

Canada and the United States meet today in the semifinal of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.

CBC.CA: Mike Brophy lists five things to look for in today’s Canada-USA semifinal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The big question: Will Canada get more from their offense? Because if they don’t, they’ll be playing for bronze on Saturday while the Americans play for gold on Sunday.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland could be ready to return in the Leafs first post-Olympics game on February 26.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so the Leafs might not have to go shopping for depth at forward by the trade deadline.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (broken right hand) has returned to practice with the Canadiens and should be close to returning to the lineup.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward David Booth is hoping for a strong finish to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks need Booth to regain his scoring touch if they’re to remain in playoff contention.

CALGARY SUN: Flames center Mikael Backlund hopes to pick up where he left off before the Olympic break, when he was among the club’s best players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Backlund’s performance over the past couple of months ensures he still has a future in Calgary.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets coach Paul Maurice will wait until the end of this season before deciding if he’ll sign a new contract, as he wishes to consult his family.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how much the Jets have improve since Maurice took over in mid-January, management is keen to retain him. I’ll be very surprised if Maurice doesn’t re-sign.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins hopes to keep practices interesting through the rest of the Olympic break.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday took their practice to an outdoor rink.