Friday, March 05, 2010

Game #65 - vs Dallas Stars

Game 65
Stars (28-23-12, 68 points) at Penguins (38-22-4, 80 points)

Why does it matter?
Dallas is clawing at an outside chance for a playoff spot, so the Pens need to be ready for the early wakeup call.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Thursday was about as dominating as a 5-4 win can be. Seriously.
  • Stars - Losers of two in a row since the break with just two goals scored.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens impose their will? Dallas has been doing just enough to earn points this season, with an NHL-high 12 overtime losses. That means they stay in a lot of games.
  • Which forward will sit if Guerin is able to return? My money is on Mike Rupp or, if they want to rest him, Max Talbot.
  • 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
  • Win the game at even strength. Most of the Stars regulars are minus players.
  • Don't let them hang around. Despite their "winning" record, this is not a playoff team that is coming to the Igloo. This should be two points.

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