from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Who will make the playoffs? Who will be the last team standing in late June? But there will be other underlying interesting matters to follow.
Can the Detroit Red Wings continue their consecutive season playoff streak without Nicklas Lidstrom?
It's at 21 and counting. The Montreal Canadiens had made the playoffs 24 straight times entering the last shortened season in 1995. But that streak went kaput with an 11th-place finish in the East.
Will this be the swan song seasons for Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Anaheim Ducks forever-young forward Teemu Selanne?
The 40-year-old Alfredsson and the 42-year-old Selanne both topped the 25-goal mark last season and may keep going if they can stay healthy. We'll also see how the extra four months off will help their games.
Can a Canadian NHL team win the Stanley Cup?