Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh - 0-3-4 - 4 pts - Last place Atlantic Division
Boston - 3-5-0 - 6 pts - Last place Northeast Divsion
The good news is that the Pens are playing a last place team.
The bad news is that the Pens ARE a last place team.
The good news is that the Pens have a better record on the road than they do at home.
The bad news is that road record is 0-1-3.
The good news is that the Bruins haven't yet won a home game.
The bad news is that the Pens haven't won a road game.
The Bruins offensive stars are all playing fairly well. Murray, Thornton, Bergeron, Isbister and Samsonov all have decent numbers. Raycroft has played far better than Toivonen, though he (Raycroft) hasn't had much support. He has a 2-4 record despite a respectable 3.25 GAA and save percentage over 90%... respectable, but not earth-shattering.
Their PP has been decent the last two games at 20% (3-15; better than then Pens for sure - they're 1-7 in their last two games). They've been outshot in every game this season except for two. One was their opener against Montreal. Guess which game the other one was? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.... Yup - they outshot the Pens 41-29 in their last meeing with us two weeks ago.
The Pens need to up the effort and intensity. It's kind of funny to say, but I think going on the road might help them. It'll take some of the pressure of the home crowd off of them and let them try to find their rythm offensively.
Everything seems bleak right now, but winning cures all. The Pens get a win tomorrow night and use that as a springboard into their three game homestand next week, and it could look like an entirely new season once Halloween rolls around. Here's hoping...