Thursday, October 19, 2006

Game #6 - at New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins (2-3-0) at New York Islanders (2-3-1)

The Pens are coming off of a tough loss last night at home against New Jersey. The Islanders have been sitting at home with three days since their shootout loss to Nashville.

In fact, since starting 0-3, the Islanders are 2-0-1 in their last three games, including a shootout win at Anaheim. Mike Dunham has been the story for the Isles. His save percentage is over 95%. Clearly this will not be easy if Dunham is in net.

The Pens really just need to keep doing more of the same from last night. Keep the shots coming early, because that will lead to some sustained offensive pressure. Keep skating and working hard. Focus on cutting down the opponent's chances and making life easier for the goalie (especially if it's Thibault tonight, as is expected).

I'm looking for some offense and a nice win.

Let's Go Pens!


Will said...

Kind of wondering what to expect from Thibault this season. I think with an improved defense he sould look better. Hope that the Pens can keep their energy from last night. Would be great to see Gonchar break out with a few goals.

Pat said...

I'm with you, Will. Gonchar needs to do something - I saw a few times last night where it made me think we were back in the first half of last year.

Would also be nice to be confident with either Thibault or Fleury this season - could go a long way towards helping the team standing...