Tuesday's NHL preview: Canucks without Tortorella; Blue Jackets streak on line

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A daily NHL feature that asks five questions about the days games. Will they be answered? (And no, that doesn't count as one of the questions.)

1. How will the Canucks do without John Tortorella behind the bench?

John Tortorella begins serving his 15-day suspension on Tuesday night when the Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers. How will his team do in his absence? The Canucks have been slumping recently, with just one regulation win in their past 10 games and only two wins overall. They're coming off a shootout win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday, the game that resulted in Tortorella's suspension for trying to barge into Calgary's locker room following the first period.

2. Will Alex Ovechkin play for Washington?

The NHL's leading goal-scorer is a game-time decision for the Capitals when they play the Ottawa Senators. Will Ovechkin be in the lineup, and if so, what sort of impact will he make?

3. Will there be any carryover from Jamie Benn's hit on Matt Cooke?

Dallas and Minnesota just played on Saturday, and in that game Stars forward Jamie Benn delivered a questionable hit on Matt Cooke. The NHL did not see any reason to suspend Benn for the hit. Will that be the end of the incident, or will anything happen in Tuesday's game between the two teams?

4. Will Cam Talbot allow more than two goals?

Henrik Lundqvist is under the weather and will not be in the lineup for the New York Rangers on Tuesday. That means Cam Talbot gets another start, and he has been outstanding for the blue shirts this season. In his 15 appearances, he has allowed more than two goals just two times. Will he hold the New York Islanders to two goals or less?

5. Will the Columbus Blue Jackets extend their winning streak to seven games?

The Blue Jackets currently own the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and have a chance to extend their current winning streak to seven games when they host the Los Angeles Kings. Will the streak keep going?

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