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A daily feature which asks the five hardest-hitting questions imaginable about this day in the NHL. Will our quandaries be answered? (That doesn't count as one of the five questions.)
1. Will the Chicago Blackhawks extended their point-streak to 19 games?
Yes, this will remain the top question until the Blackhawks lose. Having gone an NHL record 18 games without registering a regulation loss, the Hawks will have an opportunity to extend the streak to 19 games against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. Edmonton won their most recent contest, but have lost three of their last five and allowed opponents to score three or more goals in four games over that span.
2. How will James van Riemsdyk fare in his return to Philadelphia?
Originally selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Flyers, the team traded JvR to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn. Despite questions about his consistency, van Riemsdyk currently leads the Maple Leafs in goals scored and is tied for the team-lead in points. He scored a goal the last time the teams met in Toronto, will he build off that performance?
3. Will Jakub Voracek extend his five-game point-streak?
Voracek is one of three Flyers forwards (Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds) with extended point-streaks. Voracek's streak is the longest, so we are most interested in whether his will be extended Monday night. With 12 points (four goals, eight assists) over the course of his last five games, will Voracek have a six-game point-streak by night's end?
The Predators have been a defensive force this year and currently rank among the league's top-teams in average goals against this season (ranked third entering Monday night). However, the club has been note-worthy in its last two games for their opponent's defensive prowess. Having last scored a goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings last Tuesday night, the Predators have been shutout in consecutive games. Will they end the drought on Monday night?
5. Will the Anaheim Ducks extend their winning-streak to seven-games?
The Ducks are running away with the Pacific Division, as they enter Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Kings with a eight game cushion in the grouping. Having won their last six games, the club will look to extend the streak against their division rivals. However, the Kings are currently riding a three-game streak of their own and will look to gain some ground on the Ducks in the standings.
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