Friday, November 27, 2009

Game #27 - vs New York Rangers

Game 27
Rangers (13-11-1, 27 pts) at Penguins (17-9-0, 3 pts)

Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh

Why does it matter?
The Pens just gave away two points in the division against the Isles. They are just 3-3 against the Atlantic. That needs to change.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Pens looked like they were going on a nice run before getting out worked against the Isles. Maybe it will be a wake up call?
  • Rangers - The Rangers were pasted last night by Tampa Bay. King Henrik was pulled from the game.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the effort be better for a Saturday night game? It needs to be.
  • Can the Pens get to Lundqvist?
  • Can Fleury shut down the Rangers? It would be a nice time for the first shutout of the year.
Keys to the game
  • Take advantage of tired bodies. The Rangers will be coming in from Tampa Bay late on Friday. The Pens could be sitting at home in time to watch them.
  • Find a way to control Gaborik. He has 19 goals in just 22 games, which is an incredible pace in the league today.
  • Stay away from the shootout - Lundqvist has won both SO games this year.

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