5 NHL questions: Sabres and Bruins get together; Panthers win streak on the line


The Sabres and Bruins meet for the first time since the John Scott-Loui Eriksson incident, and the Florida Panthers look to keep their winning streak going in Ottawa.

1. Will anything crazy happen between Buffalo and Boston?

"Crazy" is a vague term, but the last time these two teams played, John Scott did something dumb to Loui Eriksson and all hell broke loose across the league, including a seven-game suspension for Scott. This is the first meeting since then, and it's not yet know whether or not Scott will be in the lineup for the Sabres. Keep it clean, boys.

2. Will the Sharks score more than two goals against the Kings?

It doesn't matter who is in net for Los Angeles these days, as both Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones have been slamming the door shut. The Kings have allowed more than two goals in regulation or overtime just once in their past 20 games. They're getting a big test on Thursday when San Jose comes to town.

3. How will James Neal do in his return to the Penguins lineup?

James Neal will be back in the Penguins lineup when they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, having completed his five-game suspension for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head. The Penguins kept winning in his absence, but Neal was on a roll before the suspension, scoring nine goals in 10 games. How will he do against Niklas Backstrom and the Wild?

4. Will David Clarkson score for Toronto?

The Maple Leafs are really fighting it right now and need something positive to happen. They could use a big game from David Clarkson, who has just two goals in his first 24 games with the team. Will he find the back of the net against the Phoenix Coyotes?

5. Will Florida extend its winning streak?

The Florida Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. Can you believe it? You should, because they've won four in a row and six of their past seven. They get a chance to extend their streak on Thursday against an Ottawa team that bleeds shots and goals against and is coming off a 5-2 loss in New Jersey on Wednesday. Sounds like a good chance for the Panthers to keep it going.

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