Monday, January 18, 2010

Game #51 - vs New York Islanders

Game 51
Islanders (22-19-8, 52 points) at Penguins (30-19-1, 61 points)

Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh

Why does it matter?
The Islanders are 9-2-1 in their last 11 games, and Rick DiPietro is back. This couldn't come at a worse time.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - You'd have to call the road trip a success despite the poor ending in Vancouver.
  • Islanders - As noted, the Isles are on fire right now.
Questions to be answered
  • Will DiPietro play in two straight? It might not be any better to see Roloson - he shut out the Red Wings last week.
  • Can the Pens find a way to beat the Isles goaltending, no matter who is in net?
  • 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
  • Score on the power play. The Isles haven't been taking many penalties lately, so take advantage of the chances.
  • Keep them to the outside. The Isles are young and have speed.
  • Support the goalie, no matter who is playing.

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