NHL schedule: Five questions for Saturday

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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. Is the biggest game of the day with a week left in the season really Islanders vs. Jets? Believe it. New York and Winnipeg showdown this afternoon, and it'll likely determine the chances Winnipeg has at making the playoffs. A win keeps pace for the Jets with the Rangers, who won last night. A loss puts them two points back, plus they've played an extra game. The Jets would own the potential regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker with the Blueshirts, so if they keep winning (they're on a six-game streak right now) all they have to do is hope the Rangers lose once in their last four. Plus, a win and a Washington Capitals 60-minute loss puts them back in the Southeast Division lead.

As for the Islanders, a win all but puts New York's name in a Sharpie marker for the top eight when they draw the line under it next Sunday night. It would put them within a win, or a Winnipeg loss of clinching their first post-season berth since 2007. A lot at stake in Manitoba on Saturday.

2. What will the atmosphere in Boston be for today's makeup game? Things are likely set to return to normal in Boston, though it'll be a rough stretch for the Bruins due to post-ponements this week. They'll finish up with five games in eight days, starting this afternoon. The Bruins and Penguins are making up the game delayed from last night. The Bruins can potentially find themselves leading the Northeast Division with a win and a Montreal loss in 60 minutes tonight. The Penguins can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

3. Will Boston boo Jarome Iginla? A couple of interesting storylines within this game proliferated from the NHL trade deadline. First of all, Jaromir Jagr is a Bruin, and that's still weird. It will probably be even weirder when he steps on the ice against Pittsburgh. More importantly, what will the reaction to Jarome Iginla -- who seemed all but headed to Boston himself before approving a trade to the Penguins just prior to the deadline -- be in Boston? One would imagine not all that positive.

4. Do the Maple Leafs finally clinch tonight? Toronto's had a couple chances at this, and now tonight they are in another win-and-in situation. The Maple Leafs are in the post-season for the first time since 2004 with a victory. Actually, they would clinch anyway with a Winnipeg loss. But a win over rival Ottawa to clinch a playoff spot? That would be as good as it gets in Toronto.

5. Can the Red Wings take advantage of the teams ahead of them losing? Detroit could've been in a lot worse shape had Columbus and Dallas won their most recent games while the Wings were idle. However, they stand with only a two-point deficit from the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets. A win gives them the eighth seed, since they currently have two games in hand on Columbus. A loss, however, would put them back in 10th place.

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