5 NHL questions: Ryan Callahan, Rangers back in action after Olympic break

Jim McIsaac

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

1. How will Pittsburgh's shorthanded defense play against Montreal?

Already without Kris Letang after he suffered a stroke, the Penguins also lost defenseman Paul Martin during the Olympics, leaving the team without its two best defensemen. Pittsburgh has been able to win games without them in the past, but it certainly doesn't make things any easier. How will the Pens do against a Montreal team that is playing its second game in as many days and will be starting its backup goalie?

2. Will Alex Ovechkin score for the Capitals?

Ovechkin and his Russian teammates had a rather forgettable tournament in Sochi, so getting back in to the swing of things in the NHL might be a welcome change. Will Ovechkin add to his league-leading goal total when the Capitals visit the Florida Panthers?

3. What sort of reaction will Ryan Callahan get in New York?

This could be one of the last home games Ryan Callahan plays with the New York Rangers, so what sort of reaction will he get from Madison Square Garden faithful as the trade rumors continue to build?

4. What will Martin St. Louis do for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Speaking of trade rumors and things getting out of control, this will be the first game St. Louis plays since the trade talk surrounding him really started to take on a life of its own. Will the rumors have any impact on his performance? What sort of night will he have against the Nashville Predators?

5. Did the Kings save any goals for Thursday?

After scoring 15 goals in their previous 11 games, the Los Angeles Kings finally woke up offensively on Wednesday night by scoring six goals against the Colorado Avalanche. Do they have any left for the Calgary Flames on Thursday?

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