NHL schedule: Five questions for Friday

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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 Ray Emery remain perfect?

Emery has 12 decisions in 15 games played, all of which are wins. Boasting a 12-0-0 record into competition on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks will look for Emery to backstop the team to its first victory against the Anaheim Ducks this season. As of this time, Anaheim is the only team Chicago has yet to record a victory against this season (obviously, they have only played Western Conference opponents, but it's still impressive).

2. Will the Ducks snap their four-game losing streak?

The Ducks still hold an eight-point lead in the Pacific Division and the second seed in the Western Conference, but have failed to record a win over their last four. Can they end the skid on Friday night?

3. How will the Tampa Bay Lightning perform in head coach Jon Cooper's debut?

The Lightning started out the year as one of the stronger teams in the Eastern Conference. Then, they bottomed out, which eventually led to the dismissal of head coach Guy Boucher. On Friday night, Cooper will debut as the new bench boss against the New Jersey Devils.

4. Will the Minnesota Wild extend their seven-game winning streak?

Entering competition on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 14 straight, the Vancouver Canucks have won six straight and the Wild have won seven straight. Minnesota is the only one of those teams in action, will they keep the stand alive?

5. How will the Calgary Flames perform in their first game in the post-Jarome Iginla era?

While they played without their captain on Wednesday night, he wasn't officially traded yet. Now that the deal is official, how will the team perform? Will the fans make their voices heard about the move?

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