Five NHL questions: Flyers, Rangers hope for goals; Sharks shoot for 10

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A daily feature that 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. Will the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers combine for more than three goals on Thursday?

These teams can't score, at least, so far they can't. Through a combined total of 15 games, the Flyers and Rangers have collectively tallied 22 goals. The result? Only three wins between them. The Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist because of a minor injury, which means two goaltenders who have yet to appear in an NHL will be responsible for attempting to stymy Philadelphia's anemic offense.

The Flyers will be looking for a boost from Claude Giroux and Vincent Lecavalier who have been paired on the first line.

2. Will Saku Koivu score against the Montreal Canadiens?

Koivu and the Ducks travel to Montreal, where Koivu played for 13 seasons. Since leaving in 2009, the former Canadiens captain has only played his former team on three occasions, which has resulted in one point. Will he add to that total on Thursday?

3. How will Schneider v. Luongo Part II play out?

Cory Schneider is the Devils No. 1 goaltender, says the No. 1 (debatably) goalie of all-time. In his first appearance against the team he was supposed to be the No. 1 of, he lost. Will he prevail the second time around in front of his new home crowd?

4. How many goals will the Nashville Predators give up against the Winnipeg Jets?

Pekka Rinne is out for a month. The Predators are predicated on strong defensive play, which makes the goaltender an important piece. Is that actually the case? How will the team perform in their first game of a month stretch without their netminder?

5. Will the San Jose Sharks point streak continue?

The Sharks have won eight of nine games and collected at least one point in every one. They face the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, who are coming off a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, which featured John Scott's hit on Loui Ericsson. Ericsson won't be available and the Bruins will have to adjust on limited rest. Will the Sharks take advantage?

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