Five NHL questions: Yakupov returns; Blues, Sharks look to remain unbeaten

Dilip Vishwanat

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. How will Nail Yakupov perform against the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Yakupov was a healthy scratch in consecutive games, which inspired a healthy news cycle of speculation about the young forward's future. Having spent his time in the press box, coach Dallas Eakins is ready to reinsert the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft back into the lineup. How's he going to do?

2. Will the Flyers cut down on minor penalties?

Head coach Craig Berube expressed that he wants his team to cut down on the amount of minor infractions they take. Entering Tuesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks with a league-high 39 minor penalties, the team will attempt to curb their undisciplined ways.

3. How will James Reimer fare in his return to the crease?

While Jonathan Bernier has jumped out to an early lead, the goaltending competition in Toronto is still ongoing. Reimer will have his chance to build his case as he faces the Minnesota Wild, who will be playing in the tail-end of a back-to-back.

4. Will the Buffalo Sabres record their first win of the season?

The Sabres enter Tuesday night with an 0-6-1 record when they travel to New York to take on the Islanders. Will Buffalo end their dry spell or will the club continue their winless ways?

5. Will the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues both remain unbeaten?

The two clubs enter the night having collected the maximum amount of points possible through their schedules, as the Sharks are 5-0-0 and the Blues are 4-0-0. That will not be the case after Tuesday, as they meet for the first time this season. While one team will walkaway with two points, will the loser manage one via overtime or shootout?

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