Sunday, January 24, 2010

Game #53 - at Philadelphia Flyers

Game 53
Penguins (31-20-1, 63 points) at Flyers (26-21-3, 55 points)

Why does it matter?
This time it's more than just Pens versus Flyers. The Pens need a win to right the ship, which has been teetering unevenly for about a month now.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The loss to Washington stung.
  • Flyers - They're hot - they just beat Carolina yesterday for their their third straight win and sixth in a row at home.
Questions to be answered
  • Will we see Emery between the pipes? He just played yesterday, but the Pens didn't fare much better against Leighton last time.
  • How will Fleury respond in his first game since fracturing his finger?
  • 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
  • Slow down Jeff Carter. He has 5 goals in the last four games.
  • Win the even strength battle - that's where the Flyers have been doing their damage during their three game winning streak.
  • Protect the puck on the power play. Giving up a shorty would be fatal against this team.

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