Saturday, November 07, 2009

Game #17 - at San Jose Sharks

Game 17
Penguins (12-4-0, 24 pts) at Sharks (11-4-2, 24 pts)

HP Pavillion, San Jose, California

Setoguchi has been hurt, but he's a dangerous goal scorer when healthy.

Why does it matter?
Another tough road game against a top team for the Pens.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Kings were simply the better team on Thursday. The Pens will look to get back on the winning track.
  • Sharks - The Sharks started 3-3-1. They're 7-1-1 since and have allowed no more than two goals in a game for the past 6 games.
Questions to be answered
  • With a power play that is on the fritz, can the Pens generate enough quality scoring chances to win this game?
  • Can Fleury step up and steal a game? He has been really good in the early going, but has no shutouts yet. Now would be a good time...
  • With losses in two of their past three, the Pens are in danger of their first slump of the season. Can they avoid it with a W in San Jose?
Keys to the game
  • Find a way to beat Nabokov.
  • Special teams - both power play units have been poor lately.

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