NHL schedule: Five questions for Friday

Jonathan Daniel

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 continue their point-streak?

Currently at 24 games and counting, we're still waiting for the Blackhawks to lose their first game in regulation this season. Will it be ended against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night?

2. Will the Florida Panthers be able to rebound from Thursday night?

More often than not, teams have appeared to struggle on the tail-end of back-to-back games this season. The Panthers are entering such a situation on Friday night following a disastrous performance against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, which they lost 7-1. Will the Panthers be able to bounce back against the Winnipeg Jets or will they be in for a continuation of Thursday?

3. Will the Nashville Predators allow less than two power play goals against the Edmonton Oilers?

The Predators have allowed at least two power play goals in each of their last four games. Edmonton enters Friday night with a top-10 ranked power play (seventh), which is successfully converting on 20.8 percent of man-advantage opportunities. Will the Predators be able to hold them to less than two power play goals?

4. Will the New York Rangers extend their four-game winning streak?

The Rangers have collected wins in four straight and have outscored opponents 13-6 over that span. Will it be continued against the Ottawa Senators?

5. How will Ryan Getzlaf fare in his first game since signing his extension?

When Getzlaf agreed to an eight-year extension on Friday afternoon, general manager Bob Murray was relieved of one problem. Of course, that brings up a whole other mess he has to deal with. With Getzlaf locked-in with the Ducks for the long-term, how will the 27-year-old captain fare in his first game after the announcement of the deal? Will he provide some kind of offensive fireworks to celebrate?

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