NHL schedule: Five questions for Friday

Jim McIsaac

A daily feature which asks the five hardest-hitting questions imaginable about this day in the NHL. Will our quandaries be answered? (That doesn't count as one of the five questions.)

1. Will the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the New Jersey Devils?

Things have no been going well for the Flyers. This is especially true when they face the Devils. After proclaiming Wednesday night's game against New Jersey as a must-win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Flyers lost in underwhelming fashion, 5-2. With the playoffs becoming a fading dream, can the Flyers breathe some life back into their season on Friday night?

2. Will the Flyers' best players ... be their best players?

Associate captain Kimmo Timonen made this statement on Friday morning, calling for the club's star players (himself included) to step up and propel the team to victory. Will this be the case on Friday? Or will this remark turn out hollow like the club's previous attempt to rally behind the must-win mentality of Wednesday?

3. Will the Detroit Red Wings rebound against the Edmonton Oilers?

The Red Wings were still kicking themselves on Thursday morning because of their turnover-filled third period against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Those turnovers resulted in a three-goal third for the Flames, which resulted in a 5-2 loss for the Wings. Can Detroit improve upon this performance on Friday?

4. Can the Oilers compile their first three-game winning streak of the season?

They've won consecutive games twice this season, but the young Edmonton hockey club has yet to roll three games in a row. The team will enter Friday night's competition in position to accomplish such a feat. Will they do it?

5. Will the Nashville Predators score more than four goals against the Flames?

The normally defensive-oriented Predators have found a scoring streak of late. Over the course of their last four games, the team has scored four goals or more on three occasions and have shut out their opponents in two of those contests. Will this offensive flair continue on Friday night?

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