5 NHL questions: Rick Nash faces the Blue Jackets

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A daily feature that asks five questions about the days' NHL games. Will they be answered? (That doesn't count as one of the questions.)

1. What will Rick Nash do against his former team?

When the New York Rangers host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday it will be the first time Rick Nash has faced his former team. Nash admitted on Thursday that his exit from Columbus could have gone a little smoother. The trade was rumored for more than a year before finally being completed. In 59 games with the Rangers Nash has 53 points (27 goals, 26 assists). How will he do against the Blue Jackets?

2. How many goals will the Flyers give up against Montreal?

The past three games have been a lesson in regression to the mean for the Flyers and their goaltenders. After allowing seven goals on Wednesday in Chicago, the Flyers have now allowed 17 goals in their past three games. They get a Montreal team that has won nine of its past 11 games.

3. How will Toronto's penalty kill perform against the St. Louis power play?

The Blues have the second-best power play in the NHL. The Maple Leafs are 27th on the penalty kill and playing some dreadful hockey lately, killing off just 25 of their 43 penalties in the past 10 games. That's a 58 percent success rate, and that's not good. It seems like quite a mismatch heading into this game.

4. Will Buffalo score more than two goals?

The Sabres offense stinks, and they're on their way to having one of the worst goal-scoring seasons in league history. They've scored more than two goals in a game just seven times this season. Will they top it against an Ottawa team that surrenders a ton of shots and goals?

5. Will the Sharks end their losing streak?

Even though they thoroughly outplayed the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the Sharks still fell in a shootout, extending their current losing streak to a season-high four games. Will they get back to their winning ways against a Minnesota Wild team that just played on Wednesday night?

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