5 NHL questions: Flyers, Blackhawks look to stay hot

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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

1. Will the Blackhawks extend their point streak?

The defending champs have earned at least a point in the standings in 10 straight games (6-0-4). Can they keep that streak going against a wildly inconsistent Rangers team? The Blackhawks also have just one regulation loss in their past 15 games.

2. Which Rangers team will show up in Chicago?

And speaking of Chicago's opponent on Wednesday, which Rangers team is going to hit the ice in Chicago? The one that blew out Toronto, 7-1, over the weekend, or the one that can't keep anybody from scoring? The Rangers have allowed at least four goals in 10 of their past 22 games.

3. Will Nathan MacKinnon have another two-goal game for Colorado?

The No. 1 overall pick is on quite a tear over the past couple of weeks, scoring seven goals in his past seven games, including back-to-back two-goal performances entering Colorado's game against Ottawa on Wednesday. Does he have another multiple-goal game in him for the Avalanche?

4. Can the Flyers continue to distance themselves from the pack in the Metropolitan Division playoff race?

What a crazy season it's been in Philadelphia. After a terrible start that saw them fire their coach after just three games, the Flyers have won 17 of their past 27 games. They've not only worked their way back into a playoff spot (currently second place in the Metropolitan Division), they're starting to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the teams fighting for the final two guaranteed spots in the division. With a win against Montreal on Wednesday Philadelphia could open up a five-point lead over Carolina and New York, and a seven-point lead over New Jersey. That may not seem like much with almost half of a season to play, but those points are difficult to make up at this point.

5. Will Patrick Kane gain some ground in the scoring race?

A couple of weeks ago it looked as if Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane were going to take part in quite the battle for the Art Ross Trophy. But Crosby has since opened up an 11-point lead on last season's Conn Smythe winner. Can Kane do anything to close that gap a little bit when the Blackhawks host the Rangers on Wednesday?

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