Friday, December 01, 2006

Game #24 - at New Jersey Devils

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-8-4, 26 pts) at New Jersey Devils (12-9-2, 26 pts)

The Penguins and Devils are tied for third place in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the Rangers. The Devils are coming off of a 0-3-1 West Coast swing, and they're trying to avoid losing 5 straight for the first time in 6 years. So, the question is, are the Penguins catching them at the right time? I'm leaning towards "NO!", since the Devils have been off since Monday, and because they have Mighty Mouse on their side. You just know he'd love to save the day.

The Devils actually took a few penalties on the road. They allowed six power play chances in two of their last three games (against Anaheim and LA). Both of those teams have great team speed. If the Pens can use their speed to their advantage, they might be able to draw a few penalties. To do that, though, they're going to have to get shots on Brodeur and go to the net.

One other really surprising thing - the Devils are just bad at even strength this year. Elias is a -14!! Rafalski is a -11!! The Pens need to find a way to get to Brodeur tonight. They should have their chances.

I'm looking for a good Pens road victory.

Let's Go Pens!

2 comments:

Will said...

I think if the Pens can come out and put some points on the board quick they should be ok. It's when the Devils get that 1 or 2 goal lead that they become very hard to play against. If the Pens can get to Brodeur early they should be able to get the win. I would love to see a 5 or 6 point night from Crosby (1g 5a)

GO PENS!

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