NHL schedule: Five questions for Thursday

Richard Wolowicz

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 Boston Bruins and/or Montreal Canadiens clinch a playoff spot on Thursday?

Both teams can accomplish this. Boston will get in with a single point against the New York Islanders or a Winnipeg Jets loss to the Florida Panthers. Montreal will get in with a win against the Buffalo Sabres or with an overtime loss and Panthers win.

2. Will the Ottawa Senators end their five-game losing streak?

They will have a chance against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ottawa lost the previous meeting on March 2, 2-1.

3. How will Kris Letang perform in his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup?

Pittsburgh has been battling injury issues but will at least get Letang back. What kind of role will he play on Thursday?

4. Can the Los Angeles Kings hold onto the fourth seed in the Western Conference?

In the event of a regulation loss, Los Angeles potentially could be bumped out of its current standing by the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild or St. Louis Blues.

5. Will the Washington Capitals continue their five-game winning streak?

The Capitals have been on fire. Can they continue their impressive run against the struggling Carolina Hurricanes?

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