NHL schedule: Five questions for Wednesday

Claus Andersen

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 Montreal Canadiens continue their eight-game point streak?

It wouldn't be an appropriate "Five Questions" post without the inclusion of some kind of extended point streak. The Canadiens are challenging the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. They have lost both meetings against the Leafs this season, the most recent of which was a 6-0 shutout loss. However, that game was the last time the Canadiens failed to record a point. Three nights later, the team began a five-game winning streak, which composed the majority of their eight-game run. Will they extend the streak to nine?

2. Will Mikhail Grabovski need to account for the incident with Max Pacioretty from their last meeting?

According to Pacioretty, Grabovski bit him during a scrum in the most recent meeting between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. The league determined that their was a lack of conclusive evidence to determine whether Granovski did. Regardless, the Canadiens gave Pacioretty a tetanus shot. Will there be any carryover from the alleged incident?

3. How will the Philadelphia Flyers utilize Simon Gagne?

The Flyers acquired Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday afternoon. It is expected that Gagne will play on Wednesday night, but head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to state how he plans to use him. General manager Paul Holmgren referenced Gagne's two-way ability and versatility on special teams. In what capacity will they use him?

4. Will the Kings extend their winning streak to five-games?

The Pacific Division is tightening up thanks to a four-game winning streak by the Kings. They lost to the Detroit Red Wings the last time these two teams met. Can the Kings gain some revenge and extended their streak to five games?

5. Can the Nashville Predators hold the Anaheim Ducks to less than three goals?

Polar opposites will be meeting on Wednesday night when the Ducks host the Predators. Anaheim is averaging 3.24 goals per game this year and have scored at least three goals in six of their last seven. Nashville is allowing an average on 2.15 goals against per game but has allowed four goals or more in consecutive games.

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