1. Who will be in control of the eighth seed in the Western Conference by the end of the night?
2. Of the players traded by the New York Rangers and Blue Jackets, who will have the best night?
Every available player swapped in the Marian Gaborik trade recorded a goal in their debut with their new team. Gaborik scored the game-winning goal on Thursday night, while Derick Brassard and John Moore both collected tallies in their debut on Wednesday night (Brassard had a four-point night, as well). Will any of the players continue their success on Friday?
3. Will the Pittsburgh Penguins fall into a three-game losing streak?
If they fail to beat the Rangers on Friday night they will. Pittsburgh has yet to lose more than two games in a row all season. Over their last two games, they have been outscored, 10-2.
Buffalo decided to trade their captain to the Minnesota Wild prior to Wednesday's deadline. How will they play in their first game without him?
5. Will the Dallas Stars or Penguins get revenge on Friday night?
There are two instances of opponents playing consecutive games against one another on Friday night. The Penguins will host the Rangers, while the Anaheim Ducks will host the Stars. Pittsburgh and Dallas both lost in the first game. Will they have better luck this time around?