Saturday, December 12, 2009

Game #33 - vs Florida Panthers

Game 33
Panthers (12-14-6, 30 pts) at Penguins (21-10-1, 43 pts)

Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh

Why does it matter?
This is a chance for the Pens to show they've learned from the past. Twice earlier this year the Pens have lost to teams in what could be considered a trap game. The Panthers aren't very good so far this year, and this is a game the Pens should win.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Pulling out the victory in Montreal was key, especially after dominating most of that game. It also prevented the Pens from earning another losing streak.
  • Panthers - The Panthers had lost four in a row before winning last night in New Jersey.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens get up for this game?
  • The power play is the worst in the East. It certainly looked better against Montreal, but looks mean nothing. Can the Pens translate the effort into results?
  • I'm still looking for a shut out from a Pens goalie. Can they get one? (this question is staying here until they do)
Keys to the game
  • The Panthers are wildly inconsistent - one night they'll play a tight game and limit the chances of the opposition, and the next night they'll hand out 12 chances against on the power play (like they did against Washington). Don't give them time and space to succeed.
  • Both of the prior meetings this season have gone to extra time. Roll four lines and keep the guys with good legs in OT.
  • The Panthers played last night. Make them play the Pens up tempo game, spending lots of time in the Florida zone.

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