There aren't many teams the Pens are looking up at in the standings, but the Habs are one of them. I think the Canadiens, while they have a playoff spot locked up, are at a disadvantage against the Sens, Devils and Pens in the standings. Here's why:
- They have one more game played right now than any of the other three teams.
- They have 9 overtime losses, which while they are great for earning a point, don't help you in a tiebreaker. Wins matter in a tie, and the Habs have fewer wins than the other three teams as well.
The Habs are lethal on the power play (over 25% at home!), so it's imperative the Pens don't take stupid penalties. This may be the weak point for the Pens in this one - they're one of the worst teams in the NHL at killing penalties on the road, with just a 77% kill rate. Blech.
Stay out of the box, boys!
Let's Go Pens!