Five NHL questions: Throwbacks in Anaheim, Devils seek first win

Bruce Bennett

A daily feature which asks the five biggest questions about today's NHL action. Will they be answered? (That doesn't count as one of the five questions.)

1. Which will be the more impressive Throwback Night item in Anaheim: the Mighty Ducks uniforms or Bobby Ryan?

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan returns to Southern California on Sunday, where he spent the last four seasons piling up 30 goals a year with very little appreciation from Ducks management. This is his first chance to show Anaheim what it's been missing. Of course, it's also a chance for the Mighty Ducks uniforms to show fans what they've been missing. Because the Ducks' current uniforms are awful.

2. Will the Devils or Jets start snowballing first?

When teams score on these two this season, they score in bunches. The Devils have made a habit of blowing late leads despite scoring first, which is the main reason why they haven't won a single game yet. The Jets, meanwhile, have allowed 16 goals in five games and have dropped three straight. The first team to fall apart defensively will lose on Sunday.

3. Can Aleksander Barkov and Jacob Markstrom carry momentum into Sunday?

The rookie class has been stellar this season, and the Panthers' top pick in 2013 is no exception. Barkov has five points in five games and scored his second goal against the Penguins on Friday. Markstrom shut down Pittsburgh, stopping 36 shots in Florida's home opener. The Kings are a tough team to beat, but a strong performance by those two could get the job done for Florida.

4. Which Coyotes team will show up on Sunday?

The Coyotes started the season getting outscored 10-2 in their first two games. They then swept a back-to-back road trip against Detroit and Philadelphia. So who knows what we'll see from them on Sunday?

5. Will the Senators tighten up in their own zone?

Ottawa was outshot 50-23 in San Jose on Saturday, a recipe for disaster if there ever was one. Robin Lehner performed admirably, and the Sens will have Craig Anderson in net against Anaheim on Sunday. Clearly the West Coast trip is causing fatigue, but Ottawa needs to cut its goalies some slack if it wants to beat the Ducks.

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