Saturday, January 16, 2010

Game #50 - at Vancouver Canucks

Game 50
Penguins (30-18-1, 59 points) at Canucks (27-18-2, 56 points)

Why does it matter?
It's a tough road test against one of the better teams in the Western Conference. A victory over the Canucks would be the perfect capper to the five game road trip.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Being away from home has been good to the Pens so far. The PK has been leaking like a sieve, however.
  • Canucks - After a 7-0-1 streak, the Canucks have lost three in a row.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens withstand the onslaught when the Canucks are on the power play? The folks from Vancouver have the top power play in the West.
  • How will John Curry fare in a big time game? Fleury has a fractured ring finger and is likely out tonight.
  • 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
  • Get on the power play and go to work. The Canucks have allowed as many goals on the PP as the Pens have over the last two games.
  • Stay focused at even strength - the Canucks have seven forwards with 10 goals or more. Their top two scorers (Sedin and Burrows) have most of their goals at even strength.
  • Get traffic in front of Luongo.

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