Monday, April 19, 2010

Playoff Game #4 - at Ottawa Senators

Playoff Game 4
Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators
Penguins lead series 2-1

Why does it matter?
The Sens will have themselves convinced this is their last stand: win or hear the fat lady warming up. They'll probably play like it, too. The Pens need to be ready, because they won't have seen desperation like this since last year in the playoffs.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Just rounding into playoff form, and looking really sharp.
  • Senators - I think they're done - they can't generate enough offense and aren't deep enough.
Questions to be answered
  • Can Fleury keep playing at a high level?
  • Can the PK shut down the Sens?
  • Can the Pens keep their cool when the Sens try to ratchet up the nonsense?
Keys to the game
  • Stay consistent. The Pens have established a good groove. They need to keep it simple and keep it going.
  • Don't worry about the match ups. While Sid has been frustrated, he has been able to find ways to produce.
  • Secondary scoring. The quickest way to take the Sens out of the series is to get some offense from the third and fourth line.