Saturday, October 10, 2009

Game #5 - at Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 5
Penguins (3-1-0, 6 pts) at Maple Leafs (0-2-1, 1 pt)

Air Canada Centre

Two rookies who had a chance to make their teams out of camp.

Why does it matter?
It's a Saturday night in Toronto. The locals will be up for the game, and the Leafs usually give the Pens fits.

Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens shore up their penalty and PK situation? Too many penalties and a bad penalty kill will be a big problem as the season wears on.
  • Can the Pens get to Toskala early? He's been bad this season so far, but good historically against the Pens.
  • The Leafs have played two tight home games, losing by one to the Habs and the Sens. Can they get over the hump?
Keys to the game
  • The Leafs have been playing mostly even strength hockey, neither drawing nor taking many penalties. It would be to the Pens advantage for that to continue, as I think they have the edge at even-strength.
  • Stay out of the box!
  • Contain Ponikarovsky - going back to the lockout, he has been a point-per-game player against the Pens.
  • Whatever you do, don't let Jason Frickin Blake beat you - he's an official Penguins Killer.

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