Friday, November 25, 2005

Game #23 - at Panthers

Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers

Pittsburgh - 7-9-6 - 20 pts - Last in Atlantic
Florida - 6-12-4 - 16 pts - Last in Southeast

Make hay while the sun shines! The Panthers have lost TWELVE straight games (some in OT). For the last 48 chances on the power play, they've converted THREE. They've allowed two goals on the penalty kill in each of the last three games. In short, thing aren't going well.

Offensively, the Panthers really aren't very good. They're led by Olli Jokinen with 19 pts in 22 games. No one else has more than 11. Nathan Horton does have seven goals in 15 games, with a shooting percentage over 22%.

The Panthers biggest strength has been their goalie, Roberto Luongo. He's struggled in his last two games, however, giving up 5 goals each game and getting yanked from the latest one. Jamie McLennan is a capable backup.

The Pens, on the other hand, have only won two games in a row once this season. They need to string together a few wins here. Florida is down right now. Don't let them back up. Washington came back on the Pens the other night, but the Caps are playing much improved hockey right now. Florida hasn't shown any signs of that yet. Let's hope they don't start showing them tonight.

A win tonight gets the team within one game of .500! Let's go Pens!

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