Five NHL questions: John Scott returns; Ryan Suter plays a lot

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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. Is anything going to happen involving John Scott?

The Buffalo Sabres are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. It will mark the first time the two teams meet since the preseason line brawl. Interim head coach Ted Nolan commented that Scott will be in the lineup, which is his first appearance since being suspended seven games for an illegal check to the head of Loui Eriksson. Scott is largely viewed as the impetus for the preseason brawl, which might mean the Maple Leafs seek some kind of retribution.

2. Will Ryan Suter play more than 30 minutes?

Suter's ice time numbers over his last four games: 30:34, 36:51, 35:28, 36:00.

This is November, right?

Minnesota plays the Florida Panthers -- a team with the third-fewest points in the NHL -- on Friday night. While Suter enjoys playing a lot of minutes, it might not be necessary to push him past 30.

3. Will the Oilers score a goal at home?

Three home games, three shutouts. The Oilers are not well right now and making matters worse is the team's inability to score in front of its home crowd. The perfect storm is brewing for discontent in Oil Country.

4. Will the Philadelphia Flyers extend their three-game winning streak?

Philadelphia has struggled this season but has turned things around in the short term. The Flyers have registered points in five of their last six, which includes four wins over that span. Winnipeg also enters Friday night on a three-game winning streak, which includes wins in four of its last five.

5. Can the Pittsburgh Penguins snap their three-game losing streak?

There's something in the water in Pennsylvania, as both teams carry streaks into action on Friday. Unfortunately for the Penguins, their streak is of the negative variety. Surprisingly, the Penguins have been held to one goal in each game over that span. Pittsburgh will challenge the Nashville Predators, who are on a three-game losing streak of their own and have also been held to one goal or fewer in each game over that span.

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