Monday, January 11, 2010

Game #47 - at Minnesota Wild

Game 46
Penguins (28-17-1, 57 points) at Wild (22-20-3, 47 points)

Why does it matter?
Second game of a long road trip and the Pens need a win before they really head west. It won't be easy in Minnesota.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A nice win over a tough Toronto team on Saturday night and the Pens have won two of their past three.
  • Wild - A four goal comeback in the last 14 minutes of the game against the Blackhawks.
Questions to be answered
  • If the Pens have the lead in the third, can the stem the tide? The Pens have been known to blow some leads this year and the Wild just overcame a big deficit.
  • Will we see Harding or Backstrom? I'd rather see Harding, but it will probably be Backstrom.
  • 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
  • Take advantage of special teams play. The Wild have had some trouble on the PK lately, but they don't take many penalties.
  • Petr Sykora has been a healthy scratch for the past two games and has just two goals this year. If he's playing, you know he'll be geared up for this one.
  • Use your speed to break the trap and get onto the power play.

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