5 NHL questions: Eric Staal expected back for Hurricanes

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A daily feature that asks the five biggest questions about today's NHL action. Will they be answered? (That doesn't count as one of the five questions.)

1. Will Eric Staal do anything to mark his return?

Staal has missed three games with a lower-body injury but is expected to return against the Calgary Flames on Monday night. The Hurricanes captain has not played since Hockey Canada announced the men's Olympic roster last Tuesday, a collection of players Staal was not a part of. Staal expressed his disappointment in not making the team, which might act as motivation. Will he do anything of note in his return?

2. How will the Winnipeg Jets respond to new coach Paul Maurice?

The Jets fired coach Claude Noel on Sunday morning and replaced him with Maurice. Will the club welcome its new head coach with a strong performance against the Phoenix Coyotes?

3. Will the Coyotes continue to struggle on the road?

Phoenix is having a tough go of things lately. It finished a six-game homestand with a 2-4-0 and is 3-4-3 in its last 10 games. In addition, the club is 1-0-3 in its last four road games.

4. Can the Lightning improve their impressive road record?

While Phoenix has struggled, Tampa Bay has surged. The Lightning are 7-1-0 on the road over the span of the last eight road games. The team will look to improve that mark against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. The Blue Jackets are currently on a three-game winning streak and are 7-3-0 over the last 10 games.

5. Will Dustin Brown face any retaliation for injuring Roberto Luongo?

The Kings and Canucks played on Jan. 4, which was the last time that Luongo dressed for a game. Luongo sustained an injury after Brown scored a goal and then collided with him. The Canucks goaltender returned to practice on Sunday and is nearing a return. However, he is not expected to play on Monday. Will his teammates feel the need to address the injury with Brown?

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