Saturday, October 31, 2009

Game #14 - vs Minnesota Wild

Game 14
Wild (4-9-0, 8 pts) at Penguins (11-2-0, 22 pts)

Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh

Two good defensemen. Burns can be excellent on the offensive attack while Orpik is more of a defensive guy.

Why does it matter?
Minnesota is the home of GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Todd Richards, both out of the Penguins system. They're trying to build in a fashion similar to Pittsburgh.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Pens earned two points with a late rally last night in Columbus. The team has been amazingly good (and probably lucky) in the early going this year.
  • Wild - The early season for the Wild has not been kind, but they did have a nice win over the Rangers last night at home.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Wild win back to back games for the first time this season?
  • Can the Wild win on the road for the first time this season?
  • Can the Pens beat a team they should beat at home?
  • Who will have more hits, Clutterbuck or Orpik?
Keys to the game
  • Avoid the slow start.
  • Execute on the power play.

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