NHL schedule: Five questions for Wednesday

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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 Chicago Blackhawks exact revenge on the Anaheim Ducks?

Arguably the two best teams in the NHL this season, the Blackhawks and Ducks will meet for the second time this season. In their first meeting, the Ducks managed to pull out a 3-2 shootout victory. Currently separated by five points in the standings, the Blackhawks have won three-straight and will look to keep the streak going, in addition to distancing themselves from the Ducks.

2. Will Patrick Kane be double-shifted more with Marian Hossa out of the lineup?

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville officially announced that Hossa will not be available. In the previous game against the Ducks, Kane logged 24:22 of ice-time (the game went to overtime). Kane has been double-shifted at times this year. With Hossa out of the lineup, will he receive more ice-time?

3. Who will be in eighth place in the Western Conference at the end of the night?

The West is wide open at this point and basically every team has a shot at earning a playoff berth. With that in mind, the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks have a shot at grabbing hold of the eighth seed at the end of Wednesday night. Who will it be?

4. Can the Detroit Red Wings extend their winning-streak to three games?

Having registered consecutive road wins, the Red Wings are in position to record their first three-game winning streak since early February.

5. Will James Reimer allow fewer than four goals?

With the exception of his relief appearance on March 16 against the Winnipeg Jets, Reimer has allowed four goals in three consecutive starts. Reimer is expected to get the nod on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have the third most goals scored of any other team in the league this season.

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