Thursday, April 08, 2010

Game #80 - vs New York Islanders

Game 80
Islanders (34-35-10, 78 points) at Penguins (45-27-7, 97 points)

Why does it matter?
Winning the division would be a good idea. Three wins to close out the season is critical to doing that.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The results just weren't there against the Caps on Tuesday.
  • Islanders - Five wins in their past six games. They play well when there's no pressure.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens take care of business? This is a team they should beat.
  • Is this a good time for Flower to regroup? Fleury has been strong against the Islanders this year.
  • Can Sid step up? He has 8 points (3 + 5) in four games against the Isles this year.
Keys to the game
  • Win at even strength. The Isles have done nothing special on special teams recently, but they have been winning.
  • Realize what's at stake. The Pens need to keep their intensity even if the Isles don't have it.
  • Get healthy for the playoffs. As important as the #2 or #3 seed is, it's not as important as having everyone at full strength for next week.

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