NHL schedule: Five questions for Saturday


We have some questions, as always, and we need them answered.

1. Can Ben Bishop continue his Lightning magic?

The Tampa Bay Lightning, by most accounts, gave away a considerable amount to secure goaltender Ben Bishop at the trade deadline. The young goaltender shined in his first game with his new team, however, stopping all 45 shots he faced against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. This was his second shutout in his past three games and now Bishop is set to face the Islanders on Saturday; can he continue his magic with his new team?

2. Will the Flyers continue their push for the playoffs?

The Flyers chose not to make any big blockbuster moves at the deadline -- although Paul Holmgren might have tried -- and now they ride a four-game winning streak in Saturday's big showdown against the reeling Winnipeg Jets. The Flyers sit three points out of No. 8 and could potentially leapfrog two teams on Saturday night with a big win.

3. Will the Edmonton Oilers continue their push for the playoffs?

The Oilers find themselves just three points out of the No. 8 spot in the West, leading a pack of teams still within reach of the postseason with just around ten games remaining. At one point it seemed as if the Oilers would be in line for another top five pick yet have won six of their last ten and now sit on the cusp of a playoff birth for a young team.

4. Just how bad can the Southeast Division get?

As it stands, just one team from the Southeast will make the postseason in 2013 -- and if the standings were decided purely by points even the division-leading Capitals would be sitting on the outside looking in. The Capitals have just 38 points and sit No. 3 in the conference; the Jets are currently in a five-game free fall and none of Carolina, Tampa Bay or Florida will be fighting for the playoffs either. The good news? Most games on Saturday are inside the division.

5. Can the New Jersey Devils pull out of the tailspin?

A month into the season it seemed as if the Devils were destined for a great season. Now New Jersey sits outside the playoff picture yet could leap back into the race with a win on Saturday night. The Devils have won just twice in the past ten games, however, although six of those games have at the very least earned points. So that's good.

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