Thursday, January 14, 2010

Game #49 - at Edmonton Oilers

Game 49
Penguins (29-18-1, 59 points) at Oilers (16-24-5, 37 points)

Why does it matter?
The Oilers might the worst team the Pens have played so far this year. These are two points the Pens cannot afford to give up.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A nice win last night in Calgary gives the Pens two wins in three chances on the road trip.
  • Oilers - Thirteen games. Twelve losses. Anything else need to be said?
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens keep things rolling on the power play? It looked pretty good last night with the movement and unpredictability.
  • Will the legs be tired?
  • 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
  • Stop the scoring lines for the Oilers - they have some talent, and several players have been solid. I'm thinking of Penner, Brule and Visnovsky from the blue line.
  • Pick on the big minus players - there are a few of them. O'Sullivan, Horcoff, Nilsson and Souray are all a -13 or worse.
  • Keep things simple. The Pens are likely facing a rookie backup goalie. Get traffic, get shots on net and crash for the rebounds.

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