NHL schedule: Five questions for Monday

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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.)

Since this post was written, tonight's game between the Bruins and Senators has been postponed due to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

1. Will the Boston Bruins clinch a playoff spot?

The Bruins can do so with a single point against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. Boston has lost two straight but trail the Montreal Canadiens for the top-spot in the Northeast Division by a single point.

2. Will Patrice Bergeron have any impact in Monday night's game?

Bergeron has missed six straight due to a concussion. He is expected to return on Monday night. Will the Bruins top-center have any significant role in the game?

3. Will Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi re-kindle their chemistry?

Cullen has missed six games due to a lower-body injury. In the 16 games prior to the injury, Setoguchi recorded nine goals and six assists. In the six games since, Setoguchi has recorded a single assist. Will the return of his linemate boost his production?

4. Will Joffrey Lupul extended his point-streak?

Lupul is expected to return on Monday night. Prior to his concussion, he had recorded points in seven consecutive games. It remains to be seen how much time he will get, as the team has expressed a desire to protect him from further injury. Will he be able to continue the streak?

5. How will the Edmonton Oilers respond to Steve Tambellini's firing?

The Oilers decided to fire their general manager on Monday. Will the shift in leadership inspire the Oilers to end their five-game losing streak?

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