Thursday, October 27, 2005

Game Night - Game #10

Atlanta Thrashers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Atlanta - 3-6-0 - 6 pts - 4th in Southeast
Pittsburgh - 0-4-5 - 5 pts - Last in Atlantic

Atlanta has some decent offensive firepower. They're led by Marc Savard with 12 points. They also have Hossa, Bondra, Stefan, Holik and maybe the most exciting player in the game that's not with the Penguins - Ilya Kovalchuk.

Even with their talent, they've been unable to score at the rate you'd think they might. The goaltending hasn't been very good, but they lost their starter (Lehtonen) and the backup (Dunham). The new goalies, Berkhoel and Garnett, don't have very good numbers. Garnett has one great game, stopping 29 of 30 shots in a loss to the Canadiens, but then they let him take a whipping against Toronto, allowing NINE goals on 34 shots. He started one more game since then, allowing four goals on seven shots before being yanked. Suffice it to say that the way the Pens have been going this year with young goaltenders, they'll have either one looking like Patrick Roy before the evening is complete.

Not sure what else there is to say other than the Pens need to win tonight. You'd like to think that they'll come out with a vengence, knowing how the last game ended with the (assumedly) bad interference call on Lemieux.

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