Monday, March 22, 2010

Game #73 - at Detroit Red Wings

Game 73
Penguins (42-24-6, 90 points) at Red Wings (35-23-13, 83 points)

Why does it matter?
It's the Red Wings - even though Detroit is down a bit in the standings, this match up still has the glamor of being a Cup Finals rematch. The Pens, as usual, also badly need two points.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens -Optimists would say 6-2-2 in the past 10 games. Pessimists would say 4 losses in the past 6. Realists would say 2-2-2 in the last 6 won't earn the #2 seed, so win the game!
  • Red Wings - The old men seem to have finally heard the alarm ringing, because they're 8-2-1 in their past 11 games.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Wings be scored on when they're down a man? They've allowed power play goals in just two games since the end of January. They also don't take penalties much at all.
  • Will Sid step up? He has been quiet lately.
Keys to the game
  • Win the battles at even-strength.
  • Find a way to get onto the power play and then crash the net like there's no tomorrow.

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