Sunday, April 11, 2010

Game #82 - at New York Islanders

Game 82
Penguins (46-28-7, 99 points) at Islanders (34-37-10, 78 points)

Why does it matter?
It doesn't, really. The Pens have nothing to play for. They're going to be the 4th seed in the East and will play Ottawa in the first round. The only thing that matters is watching to see if Sid can score two goals to pass Ovechkin, who did not score in the Caps season finale.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A disappointing loss to the Thrashers put the Pens securely in the 4 spot.
  • Islanders - To say they've been smacked around lately would be kind. They've lost two straight, giving up 7 goals in each one.
Questions to be answered
  • Will Sid hit 50 goals? He has 15 points (4 + 11) in his last 7 games.
  • Can the Pens avoid injury to anyone else? Orpik, Cookie and Kunitz are all dealing with ailments of various sorts.
  • Will we see the debut of Eric Tangradi?
Keys to the game
  • Just get through the game - get some work in and don't get hurt. Think of this as a scrimmage to help as a tune-up for the Sens.

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