5 NHL Questions: Shane Doan returns, Senators seek fifth straight win

Mike Stobe

Which Shane Doan will show up on Saturday?

Will Shane Doan be back to his old ways?

It seems like forever since we've seen Shane Doan suit up for the Coyotes, but he'll be back in the lineup for the first time in a month on Saturday. The visiting Flyers are big and physical, which is exactly how Doan likes to play. But will he be prepared to play that style after a month off?

Can Jeff Skinner keep the roll going?

With his injury issues behind him, the young Hurricanes winger is flying high lately with nine points in five games and a hat trick on Thursday. His team desperately needed that kind of output, as the Hurricanes are mired in a tough battle in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltending has been an issue for the Islanders this season, so expect Skinner to make waves again.

Can the Senators make it five straight?

Ottawa isn't exactly the most potent offensive team in the league, so the fact they've won four consecutive games without captain Jason Spezza is rather remarkable. There's a chance Spezza plays on Saturday, which would be great since the Sens will have to keep pace with the Montreal Canadiens. P.K. Subban led a 6-4 offensive display against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Will the Panthers captain make an impact?

The captaincy has not been kind to Ed Jovanovski. The Panthers defenseman has only played in a handful of games since earning the "C" and his teammates have struggled without him. Jovanovski finally returns on Saturday in time to face the improving Predators.

Can the Sharks reverse their road fortunes?

For as dominant as they've been at home, San Jose has struggled mightily on the road in the past month. They do carry a bit of momentum into Colorado on Saturday after a big win in Edmonton, but they'll have to do something many teams have struggled to this season: find a way to beat Semyon Varlamov.

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