Sunday, November 22, 2009

Game #24 - at Florida Panthers

Game 24
Penguins (15-8-0, 30 pts) at Panthers (10-9-2, 22 pts)

Why does it matter?
The Panthers are always a tough road game for the Pens. Florida is usually a tough place for them to play. Getting two points out of the Swamp would be nice.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Pens had a much better effort against Atlanta than they did against Ottawa.
  • Panthers - The Cats are red hot after winning five of their past 6. They went on the road and beat three good teams (Buffalo, Detroit and the Rangers).
Questions to be answered
  • Can anyone cool off the Panthers right now?
  • Can the Panthers keep winning despite their relatively poor special teams? They do have a few power play goals lately, but they're not drawing many chances. Their PK isn't killing the chances against them very well either.
  • Which Penguins team will show up - the one from the Ottawa game or the one from the Atlanta game?
Keys to the game
  • The Panthers are strong down the middle and have a solid blue line. None of their top 4 D are a minus on the year. Finding a way to score at even strength and play the match ups will be key.
  • Get on the power play - the Panthers PK is suspect, but that is mitigated by the fact that they haven't taken many penalties lately.
  • Hope Vokoun has an off night - his save percentage is an amazing .923.

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