5 NHL questions: Red Wings look to snap losing streak

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

1. Will the Red Wings win?

Detroit enters its game on Thursday against Carolina riding a seven-game losing streak, and the Red Wings have lost 11 of their last 14 games. Carolina is getting Jeff Skinner back, but will be without Alexander Semin, which will be a big blow for the Hurricanes. Will this be the night Detroit gets back in the win column?

2. How many assists will Joe Thornton get for San Jose?

Thornton leads the NHL with 20 assists this season and has recorded at least one helper in 14 of San Jose's 21 games. He's one of the best playmakers in NHL history and is still playing at an extremely high level, even at the age of 35. Can he keep it going against Tampa Bay?

3. Will Ben Scrivens allow more than two goals?

Ben Scrivens has been the talk of the NHL since replacing the injured Jonathan Quick, recording a pair of shutouts and going more than 190 minutes without allowing a goal. He gets a New Jersey team on Thursday that just played the night before and has struggled to score goals on the road this season. Will he keep the Devils under two?

4. Will Alex Steen keep scoring?

One of the most unbelievable stories in the NHL this season has been the play of Alex Steen in St. Louis. Always an underrated player who has flown under the radar, Steen's offensive game has exploded this season with 17 goals in his first 20 games. It's already the third-highest goal total of his career, and he's just seven behind his previous career high. He's been held without goal just six times this season. At some point, the pucks are going to stop going in for him this regularly. Will this be the night?

5. Will Phoenix remain unbeaten in regulation at home?

Speaking of unexpected success stories, how about the Phoenix Coyotes? They enter their game on Thursday against Colorado with a 14-4-3 record and have yet to lose a game at home in regulation, going 9-0-1 at Jobing.com Arena. Can they earn a point in their 11th straight home game?

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