Sunday, February 07, 2010

Game #59 - at Washington Capitals

Game 59
Penguins (35-22-1, 71 points) at Capitals (40-12-6, 86 points)

Why does it matter?
The Caps are the best team in the NHL right now. It matters because it's a measuring stick for the Pens.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - After a bad game yesterday in Montreal, the team had to fight some brutal weather to get to Washington. They didn't arrive at the hotel until 2:15 AM.
  • Capitals - This team has the longest winning streak since the Pens 17 game winning streak in 1993.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the Pens have tired legs given their schedule and travel arrangements?
  • Can the Pens exploit a Caps PK that has allowed 7 goals in the past 4 games?
  • 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 through the initial burst. You know the Caps are going to come out smoking - surviving the first 10 minutes will be key.
  • Standout goaltending. If there was ever a game when an unbelievable performance was needed, this is it.

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