Monday, December 31, 2007

Game #39 - Winter Classic - at Buffalo Sabres

Pittsburgh Penguins (20-16-2, 42 pts) at Buffalo Sabres (19-16-2, 40 pts)

Sid needs to put on a show for the national audience.

Miller needs to stand tall if Buffalo is to stop their 3 game losing streak.

This game is a showcase of hockey for North America, or at least the part of it that is sick of college bowl games. The game is at 2:00, which will put it up against the Capital One Bowl (Michigan / Florida) and the Gator Bowl (Texas Tech / Virginia). The competition isn't too stiff, eh? Maybe they'll jump over at halftime and see some of the first period and get hooked.

The other big factor for this game, outside of the teams, is the weather.

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

It's possible the game could be delayed if there's enough snow, but I'm guessing they'll do whatever is necessary to play. The chance is there for some big snow, but that will just make for better TV viewing.

On the ice, this one should be simple for the Pens. Don't get too caught up in the hype, keep it simple, and drink some of whatever you had prior to the 2-0 win over the Sabres on Saturday. Take the play to the Sabres and stay aggressive.

The game will be on NBC at 1:00. I'll be watching. You should too. [Edit - the game is at 1:00 - I previously had said 2:00 by mistake]

Let's Go Pens!

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