NHL Schedule 2013: Five questions for Saturday

Victor Decolongon

Seven games on the schedule for Saturday; here are the questions we're looking forward to having answered.

1. Which losing streak ends on Saturday?

Both the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning head into Saturday with lengthy losing streaks; the Lightning have completely fallen out of the Eastern Conference race with six straight losses. Both teams have struggled putting the puck in the net lately and it will be interesting to see which team buckles first on Saturday afternoon.

2. Can the Predators slow down the surging Ducks?

Anaheim has now won seven of their last eight games and have taken control of the Pacific Division after big wins in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit. The Ducks now finish up a lengthy road trip in Nashville, facing a Predators team that has now gone 6-1-1 after a 3-0 shutout of Phoenix on Thursday.

3. Can Brian Boucher lead the Flyers to a big road win?

Boucher's return to the Flyers takes the next step as he is expected to be in net for Philadelphia on Saturday in Montreal. The Flyers have been inconsistent all season long and have now traded wins and losses the past six games and hope to rebound from a 5-3 loss to New Jersey on Friday night. Can Boucher, who struggled last season in Carolina, pick up his team on the second half of a tough back-to-back?

4. Will Viktor Fasth ever lose a game?

The free agent out of Sweden has had a heck of start to his career and has yet to lose a game in the NHL, going 7-0-0 in eight appearances. Fasth has allowed more than two goals just once and has done a tremendous job of giving an improving team a shot to win every time he's on the ice. The lone loss for the Ducks in the past eight games came with Jonas Hiller starting, whom Fasth replaced after the first period.

5. Will the Edmonton Oilers find their scoring touch once more?

The Edmonton Oilers are just too talented to not be scoring and coach Ralph Krueger has a tough task to attempt to solve whatever issue is causing the scoring drought. Logic says the Oilers have to start putting the puck back in the net at some point, but the scoring woes for the Oilers at even strength (seven even strength goals in six games) while the power play sputters continues to show success comes from more than just talent alone.

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