5 NHL Questions: Roberto Luongo faces Canucks for first time since trade

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A daily feature which 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 Roberto Luongo stick it to his old team?

We didn't have to wait long for the NHL trade deadline's biggest move to come full circle. Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers will take on Vancouver for the first time since the Canucks dealt Luongo to Florida. Luongo has been solid since arriving in Sunrise with a 2.50 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in four games. But Vancouver will be hungry; the team needs a win to keep pace in the West and to prove it made the right choice in dealing Luongo.

2. Can Jumbo Joe make it 10 for 10?

A big reason for the Sharks' 10-2-1 run is their captain's hot streak. Joe Thornton has nine points in his last nine games and is closing in on 70 points in a season for the 11th time in his career. If his points run reaches 10 games, the Sharks could be that much closer to claiming the best record in the NHL.

3. Can the Senators pick up the pieces after a devastating loss?

Ottawa achieved the unthinkable on Saturday, blowing a 4-1 lead with 3:22 left to drop an overtime loss in Montreal. It was an embarrassing loss for everyone involved, but they don't have any time to dwell on it with the Colorado Avalanche in town. A point ahead of the Blackhawks for second in the Central Division, Colorado won't go down without a fight either.

4. Can Dallas pull away from Phoenix again?

The Stars dropped a disappointing overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday, which allowed the Coyotes to pull even with them for the final wild card spot the next night. Dallas can rebound with a win against the Jets on Sunday, especially since Winnipeg's starting goalie, Ondrej Pavelec, is on the shelf with an injury.

5. Will Marian Hossa be back up to speed?

After a relatively smooth start to the season, injuries have hindered the Blackhawks' veteran winger in the second half of the season. Hossa returns from his latest setback on Sunday against the Red Wings. Will he be back up to his old tricks against his old team?

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