1. How will Bruce Boudreau's return to Washington go?
Boudreau was fired in Nov. of 2011 after coaching the Capitals for almost five seasons. The Anaheim Ducks have taken huge strides under Boudreau's tutelage and currently boast the most points in the NHL entering competition on Monday night. The Capitals were one of the most exciting teams in the NHL during Boudreau's tenure, but the club failed to meet the lofty expectations set for them. With all of this in mind it will be interesting to see if the Capitals have anything planned for their former coach and if the Ducks can pull out a win.
2. How will Brooks Laich fare in his return to the Capitals lineup?
Laich has been plagued with groin issues dating back to last season. The injury unfortunately reemerged this season as he missed nearly a month with the ailment. Fortunately, he will be able to draw back into the starting lineup tonight and is expected to play on the fourth line.
3. Will the Penguins extend their seven-game winning streak?
Pittsburgh has won nine of its last 10 and sits atop the Eastern Conference leaderboard with a five-point cushion. The club will challenge the Ottawa Senators on Monday night looking for its eighth consecutive victory. While Pittsburgh has established extended excellence, the Senators have struggled to find their footing this year and have failed to register a win in three straight.
4. Will Jay Bouwmeester continue his point streak against the Calgary Flames?
Bouwmeester has a three-game point streak against the Flames (one goal, two assists). #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 23, 2013
Bouwmeester returns to Calgary on Monday night with an extended point streak. Bouwmeester has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in seven career games against his former team.
5. Can the Oilers end their six-game losing streak?
After a short-lived turnaround, Edmonton has dropped below expectations once again while in the midst of a six-game losing streak. The club will look to end the slide while hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.