NHL Schedule: Five questions for Monday

Richard Wolowicz

The NHL has seven games on tap for Monday. We have questions.

1. Will the Senators be able to put the puck in the net against Brodeur?

Even with Erik Karlsson on the ice the Senators were a team that struggled to score and now have been shutout three times in the month of February. The good news is that the Sens have Craig Anderson in net to at least allow the team to remain competitive, and have the No. 2 penalty kill in the NHL, yet with just 11 goals in regulation in the past eight games, the semi-good fortune can only last so long.

2. Can the Islanders goaltending hold up long enough for team to get on a roll?

The New York Islanders head into Monday's afternoon game No. 7 in NHL scoring at 3.1 goals per game, yet are firmly at the bottom of the league in goals allowed at 3.4 per contest. What is most interesting is that the Islanders are a top five team on the penalty kill; even strength netminding has been suspect however. New York has now won two straight games and now host the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday and if the goaltending can hold on just enough, this is a team primed to break out.

3. Which streak gets busted: Montreal or Carolina?

The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the better stories in the NHL this season and have won five of their past six games, including three straight heading into Monday's action. The Canadiens, since that 6-0 thrashing at home against Toronto, find themselves on a three-game winning streak of their own. With both teams surging up the Eastern standings, one of the streaks will come to an end on Monday.

4. Can the Flyers ever find success within their own division?

The Philadelphia Flyers are still searching for consistency this season and, at 6-9-1, sit dead last in the Atlantic Division. One major reason for the team's struggles has to do with the Flyers' inability to win within the division, with a 1-4-0 record against the Atlantic this season. The Flyers head to Long Island on Monday and are trying to shake off a 4-1 loss in Montreal, having won just once four games into a six-game "road trip" up and down the East Coast.

5. Will the Ducks' points steak with Viktor Fasth continue?

The Anaheim Ducks have surged into the top spot in the Pacific, earning points in all but one game in February so far. The Ducks have stumbled a bit since a 3-1 loss in Dallas on Feb. 28 but have found a way to win, earning shootout victories against St. Louis, Chicago and Nashville over the past nine days. Anaheim will welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, a deceptive team that could give Anaheim and Fasth a legitimate run at the current streak.

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