Saturday, January 02, 2010

Game #42 - at Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 42
Penguins (26-14-1, 53 pts) at Lightning (15-15-10, 40 pts)

Why does it matter?
The Pens have won the last four against Tampa Bay, and they badly need two points to stop the bleeding.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Losing, losing and more losing right now. The effort is there, so there's no real reason for concern.
  • Lightning - The Bolts have had something of a hot streak, with 4 wins in 6 games. The goaltending has been the biggest difference, because they are allowing lots of shots.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens avoid having Florida turn into a house of horrors again?
  • Will Gonchar play? Most reports are saying that he won't.
  • 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
  • Keep doing what you're doing. The effort is there - the results will come.
  • Stay focused - no mental letdowns, especially with the weird start time.
  • Don't give Ryan Malone the chance to beat you, because you know he'd love to do it.

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