5 NHL Questions: Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks look to keep rolling

Jeff Gross

Will Getzlaf continue his torrid pace? Can King Henrik rebound? Where on earth is Valtteri Filppula? Let's preview Sunday's NHL action with five questions to answer.

1. Can Ryan Getzlaf continue his dominance?

The Ducks captain has been on a tear lately, registering at least a point in his last 13 games. He's a big reason why Anaheim is on such a tear with four consecutive wins and a 12-0-2 record at home. With the Oilers in town, expect Getzlaf to feast.

2. Will Valtteri Filppula step up?

The Lightning knew they would struggle offensively without Steven Stamkos. But they had no idea their other big names would go silent. Filppula has just one point in December after registering 19 through the first two months. Tampa Bay has dropped seven in a row away from home, so they'll need a big game from Filppula to reverse that trend.

3. Will King Henrik bounce back?

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled just 15 minutes into the Rangers' 4-2 loss against Columbus on Thursday night. Certainly not a highlight in his career, but if there's anyone who can rebound nicely from a bad game it's King Henrik. It helps that the Calgary Flames are in town, a team that's needed overtime to win the last two games.

4. Do the Blackhawks right the ship against Los Angeles?

Getting blown out by the Maple Leafs is one thing, but playing the Kings the next day is another problem entirely. Chicago doesn't have much time to regroup after Saturday's shellacking. The only question is whether Martin Jones or Ben Scrivens is in net for Los Angeles.

5. Has Philly changed since the last time they played Washington?

Last time these two teams squared off, Washington routed the Flyers 7-0 in Philly's darkest moment of the season. The Flyers have played much better since, but Sunday will be a good measuring stick for the team.

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