Friday, March 12, 2010

Game #68 - at New Jersey Devils

Game 67
Penguins (40-22-5, 85 points) at Devils (39-23-3, 81 points)

Why does it matter?
There are two meetings left between the Pens and Devils. The outcome will go a long way towards determining who gets the #2 seed in the East.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Earned only one point last night in Carolina.
  • Devils - Righted the ship with a win over the Rangers after an embarrassing road loss to Edmonton.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens solve Brodeur? They have tortured him in the past, but this season, the Devils have owned the Pens. Brodeur has struggled since getting benched in the Olympics on the way to a gold medal.
  • Can the Pen generate enough offense to win? The Devils have gone back to full snooze hockey, allowing 25 shots or fewer in 7 of the past 10. The three they allowed more than 25? All losses.
  • 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
  • Goaltending. Fleury must out play Brodeur. It's as simple as that.
  • Secondary scoring. The Devils will match up against Sid and Geno. The third or fourth line needs to crash the net, create havoc and get one behind Brodeur. Mike Rupp - this is your night.
  • Stop Kovalchuk and Parise. Ilya has been reasonably quiet since coming to the Devils, but he and Parise are both dangerous, both at even-strength and on the power play.

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