Saturday, February 06, 2010

Game #58 - at Montreal Canadiens

Game 58
Penguins (35-21-1, 71 points) at Canadiens (27-25-6, 60 points)

Why does it matter?
The Canadiens badly need two points to stay in one of the playoff seeds, and most of the teams below them have games-in-hand over them. It will be a good test for the Pens.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Since snapping their 5 game losing streak, the Pens are 9-5. Not too shabby.
  • Canadiens - The Habs have won two in a row with Jaroslav Halak leading the way in net.
Questions to be answered
  • The Habs defense has not been good. Can the Habs get away with allowing 47 shots to the Pens? When the Pens manage at least 40 shots this year, they are 7-1.
  • Can the Pens take advantage of the Habs PK, which has been spotty of late?
  • 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 the rust out. The Pens haven't played since Monday.
  • Roll the lines (again). Given that there will be another game tomorrow in DC, the Pens will need to try to keep legs fresh.

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