Saturday, December 22, 2007

Game #36 - vs Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins(18-13-4, 40 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins(17-16-2, 36 pts)

Zdeno Chara barely fit onto this card - he's that tall

Crusher has goals in two straight games.

The Pens get a chance to prove they can beat the Bruins without being spotted a four goal lead. They also get a chance to avoid a losing streak, thanks to their home loss to the Isles on Friday night.

The Pens now have a losing record at home (7-8-2). This needs to change - the Igloo should be a place where it's tough to play for the opposition, not for the home team.

One major aspect that needs to change is their physicality. They got credit for 14 hits against the Isles on Friday, but I don't know where more than three of those happened. They weren't finishing their checks in the offensive zone. It was a poor display.

The power play also needs to get better. They are just 2-25 over the past five games, and had more than one power play goal in a game only twice since Halloween.

Let's Go Pens!

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