Saturday, October 21, 2006

Game #7 - vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0)

The first thing that jumps out about the Blue Jackets is that they haven't allowed many shots (30 or less in all their games other than their opener). Some of that is probably a function of them losing their last two games by a combined 9-2 (meaning, the other team shut it down early), but it's something the Pens will have to be conscious of, especially considering that Leclaire's save percentage isn't all that good (about 88%).

Columbus does have a strong power play, but they're 0-10 in their last two games. That should also be a point of emphasis for the Pens, who have been lights out in some games and inconsistent in others.

For the Pens, the plan should be simple - keep the momentum going, and stay focused for 60 minutes; no lapses, no stupid penalties. Just play solid two way hockey. The offense will be there, and they'll get their chances against Columbus.

The most interesting stat so far this season? The Pens are 1-3 at home, despite their promising start. This needs to change, and tonight is a good time to change it.

Let's Go Pens!

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