October face-off: While professional hockey is stuck in limbo, the presidential debate season gets into full swing on Wednesday.

After months of sparring from afar, President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will take the same stage on Wednesday night to hash out their domestic policies on taxes, the nation’s finances, jobs, immigration and whatever else might pop up during the Denver meeting.

Expect three questions on the economy, one on healthcare, one on governing and another on the role of government.

Republicans have raised expectations for Romney’s performance, arguing that it could sway voters into the GOP camp and cut into Obama’s recent momentum.